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WE'VE FOUND ELIXIR OF LIFE.

Byline: DANNY BUCKLAND

AN "elixir of life" cocktail created by scientists could increase life expectancy, it was claimed yesterday.

A study carried out on middle-aged mice found those given a mixture of three amino acids lived an average of 869 days - around 12% longer than the normal life span of 774 days.

Researchers also found the mice had greater strength, improved muscle co-ordination and stamina. This was due to a boost in energy supply to heart and muscle cells. They also noted a rise in the activity of a key gene linked to longevity, SIRT1.

Last year, scientists showed the same amino acids - leucine, isoleucine and valine, known as BCAAs - extended the lifespan of yeast.

The new findings, reported in the journal Cell Metabolism, raise the possibility of an amino acid supplement to boost health and longevity in humans. The study claims it could be particularly helpful for the elderly or people with heart failure, chronic lung disease, or other those suffering low energy levels.

Study leader Dr Enzo Nisoli, from the University of Milan said a large patient trial was now needed.

He added: "This is the first demonstration an amino acid mixture can increase survival in mice. Our study offers a rationale for now exploring the role of amino acids in prevention and control of age-related disorders in humans."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2010
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