Controversial supplement helped to slow aging in cells with a rare aging ...

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A controversial anti-aging supplement appeared to slow aging in cells with a rare condition that accelerates aging and kills sufferers by the age of 45.

NAD+ is a pill designed to boost our levels of a molecule called NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide), which is abundant in children, fuels metabolism, and seems to keep cells fresh. 

In the past decade, there has been a flurry of excitement over NAD+, with scores of scientists claiming to have evidence that NAD+ slows aging in animals by fueling new cell creation, and just as many critics saying the evidence is weak.

Now, Danish scientists are joining the debate, with a study that identified possible causes of the aging condition Werner Syndrome, and evidence that NAD+ helped stem the illness, delaying death and aging. 

Researchers say a controversial anti-aging supplement stemmed the effects of Werner Syndrome in cells from humans, animals, banana flies and roundworms (file image)

Researchers say a controversial anti-aging supplement stemmed the effects of Werner Syndrome in cells from humans, animals, banana flies and roundworms (file image)

'We are showing for the first time that Werner Syndrome is due to errors in the clean-up process,' said lead author Vilhelm Bohr, a professor at the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen.

'When we improve the clean-up by giving supplements of the drug NAD+, we can show in animal models that it increases lifespan and delays the aging processes.' 

Werner Syndrome is rare. It most common in Japan, affecting between 1 in 20,000 and 1 in 40,000 people. In the United States, 1 in 200,000 have the condition.

From a young age, sufferers develop grey hair and wrinkled skin. They are more likely to develop cancer and type 2 diabetes, and are unlikely to live to 50. 

Researchers still don't know exactly what causes the condition, but a recent boom in research on aging has helped

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