Sunday, October 17, 2010

Who wants to live forever?

New research shows that increased intake of branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine) can raise the median lifespan of mice by 12%. Take care to note that the MAXIMUM age at death was not raised, but the average age at death.
It is thought they act by increasing productivity of mitochondria and staving off the ravages of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which are implicated in DNA damage and disruption of cellular function.

After a little searching I found that BCAA supplements have been available for bodybuilding for some time, and although it isn't the fountain of youth, it may be beneficial.


  1. i want to live for ever and being the prince of the universe xD

  2. @razortek - Shoot for the King of All Cosmos instead. Why not set your sights high?

  3. I love Queen!

    Katamari kinda freaks me out, in a good freaky Japanese sorta way :P

    Interesting post. I wish I were biologically immortal. Damn you Hayflick limit! One day...

  4. hayflick limit is nearly a thing of the past... telomerase activating drugs have shown very good activity.

  5. Which is super cool!! :D However there is still a little way to go, but that will change all in good time. It's really neat how some organisms are naturally biologically immortal though.