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Amino acid supplement in healthcare plan could prolong life

Published on 08/10/2010
A new technique for prolonging life could soon be available for those with private medical cover.

Scientists have discovered that a cocktail of amino acids - which constitute the building blocks of proteins - has the potential to prolong life spans.

Researchers at Milan University gave middle-aged, male mice a mix of amino acids in their drinking water.

They found that those that were given the extra amino acids over a period of months lived an average of 12 per cent longer, with a median life span of 869 days compared to 774 days for the untreated control animals.

Published in the journal Cell Metabolism, the scientists reported an increase in mitochondria in the cardiac and skeletal muscles of the mice, which are used for supplying cells with energy.

Furthermore, the supplement-fed mice also showed increased activity of SIRT1, a gene associated with longevity and responsible for combating damaging particles known as free radicals.

"Our study offers a rationale for deeply exploring the role of amino acids in prevention and control of age-related disorders in humans," the authors of the report said.

Of the 20 essential amino acids, ten can be synthesised by the human body while the remainder have to be consumed through diet. 
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