Could a pill boost your energy, improve your body's ability to repair its DNA and keep you healthier as you age?
MIT biologist Leonard Guarente, a leader in the field of aging research, thinks so. He and his team at startup Elysium Health have developed a little blue pill.
No, not that one.
This is an over-the-counter vitamin called Basis that aims to slow aging by tweaking the body's metabolism.
It contains a chemical precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD, a compound in cells that drives numerous metabolic reactions used to process fuel sources like glucose and produce energy (ATP) for the cells' powerhouses, the mitochondria. As humans age, NAD levels decrease.
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