The nucleotide NMN, which participates in energy exchanges in cells, is able to synthesize the coenzyme NAD+ in the body, which slows down the aging process, according to a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism and quoted by the Eurekalert portal.
According to the research , carried out by a team from Washington University in St. Louis, the new method of generating NAD+ could help extend life expectancy to humanity.
Over time, the lesions in the DNA lead to the deceleration of the synthesis of this coenzyme. During the experiment, scientists were able to improve metabolism in older mice. The specialists only needed three minutes to introduce the NAD + into the mouse organism. At the same time, they stressed that they did not obtain the same results when using NAD+ in the young species.
Currently, NAD+ is used by sports doctors to prevent muscle deterioration. Meanwhile, Japanese scientists are developing an anti-aging drug containing the NMN nucleotide. Some fruits and vegetables, such as cabbage, avocado or cucumber, also contain this rejuvenating nucleotide.