Live longer with NMN

The next big thing when it comes to so-called anti-aging supplements could be a compound known whimsically as NMN, nicotinamide mononucleotide. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have demonstrated increased longevity in mice fed this natural product. They suggest that its mode of action may be to compensate for a loss of energy production, and so reduce typical signs of aging such as gradual weight gain, loss of insulin sensitivity and decline in physical activity. Human cells carry out the same process, so the team alludes to the benefits of NMN potentially being seen in older people as well as elderly mice. NMN is the metabolic compound one step back from the molecular key to energy-production, NAD, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide biochemical production of which falls with age. It is found naturally in broccoli, cabbage, cucumber, edamame (immature soybeans) and avocado.