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Can dietary supplements slow down aging?

Throughout the history of mankind, one ofthe main tasks of scientists are to find a way to prolong human life. Right now, researchers from all over the world are trying to find cures for dangerous diseases and figure out how people need to live in order to stay healthy. In the course of numerous studies, it was found that the health of living organisms is greatly influenced by a substance called alpha-ketoglutaric acid (AKG). It is produced only inside the body and cannot be obtained with food. But it can be replenished with nutritional supplements. Athletes use these supplements to gain muscle mass, but some scientists believe that by maintaining optimal levels of alpha-ketoglutarate, a person can live a longer and healthier life. But is this true and do they have proof?

Scientists may soon be able to slow the aging of people

How to keep youth?

About a kind of "elixir of youth" wasdescribed in the scientific publication New Atlas. Scientists have been studying the effects of alpha-ketoglutaric acid on living organisms for a long time. In 2014, American scientists found that adding a dietary supplement to the diet of worms can almost double their lifespan. Now, researchers at the Baka Institute for Aging Research in California have found that acid has the same effect on rodents. And this is not just about increasing life expectancy, but about improving health, thanks to which organisms live longer.

Chemical structure of alpha-ketoglutaric acid

According to research author Gordon Lithgow(Gordon Lithgow) Life extension without health promotion makes no sense. In general, it sounds terrible, because who wants to live for hundreds of years, being weak and helpless? As part of the study, O and his team wanted to find out not the effectiveness of alpha-ketoglutaric acid in prolonging life, but its ability to keep the body in a healthy state for the longest time. In 2008, researchers found that after 40 years, the content of AKG in the human body decreases tenfold, which is why the aging process can begin. It turns out that if you regularly replenish the amount of miraculous acid, you can keep your youth longer.

Did you know that aging of the body occurs in three stages: at 34, 60 and 78 years old?

The secret to good health

To find out if reallyalpha-ketoglutaric acid is able to maintain optimal health, scientists conducted an experiment. They took two groups of 18-month-old mice (corresponding to their average age) and put them on different diets. The composition of the food for the first group of mice included a food supplement, and the second group of mice ate ordinary food. The researchers constantly monitored the health of the rodents and were mainly interested in the predisposition to the occurrence of various inflammations, activity and level of mental abilities. After all, it is known that the main factor of aging is the inflammation that occurs in the body, and with age, living organisms become less active and begin to think with difficulty.

The life span of laboratory mice is about 3 years.

As it turned out, alpha-ketoglutaric acid is notonly maintains health at an optimal level, but also improves it. In female mice, health improved after 9 months from the day the supplement was started, and in males, a positive effect was noticed after 11 months. During the entire 33-month experiment, the mice did not show signs of aging such as loss of skin color, impaired coordination of movements and hearing loss. But the mice that were on a regular diet were aging as usual. According to researcher Azar Asadi Shahmirzadi, the use of the dietary supplement increased the production of interleukin 10 in rodents. Scientists have long known that this substance has anti-inflammatory effects and maintains healthy cells.

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In general, a positive impactalpha ketoglutaric acid in mice has been proven. But the study of its effect on the human body is still underway. Even if we assume that a food supplement is still capable of slowing down aging, maintaining health and generally extending life, another question remains - how does its use affect health in the long term? To find out the answer to this question, it is necessary to carry out large-scale work, which will take a lot of time. So there is still a lot of time before the creation of the "elixir of youth", so at the moment it remains only to lead the most correct way of life.