A drug that rejuvenates. Rapamycin (Sirolimus) reduces aging of mice in labs.

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Rapamycin (Sirolimus)

A recent scientific study published in Nature makes the antibiotic rapamycin, also known as sirolimus, to be the fountain of youth. After tests in mice, males and females, it was verified that their life expectation raised 30%.

Rapamycin, a substance until now used in human beings to help in the adaptation of organ transplants like the kidneys, was revealed to be efficient to reduce aging process in the rodent mammals.

This conclusion is a result of a scientific research done in the Jackson Laboratories in the US by Dr. David Harrison. It confirmed the age reduction properties of the drug in these mammals that have the closest metabolism to the human being.

In males the aging delay effect was 28% and in females 38%. The experience was done when the mice were 600 days old, the equivalent of 60 years for humans. Initially the life expectation of mice rose 15%.

Extracted from a bacteria found at Easter Island, in the Pacific Ocean, the rapamycin acts on enzymes – proteins that accelerates chemical reactions – of the aging process, inhibiting the auto destruction of certain parts of the cells.

As for side effects it was observed that the immune system was weakened and a simple infection could result in death. Scientists are still doing more researches to resolve the side effects of rapamycin. For now the rapamycin in human beings will only continue to be prescribed to reduce the risk of rejection for organ transplant recipients.

Never take any prescription drugs before consulting your physician first.

Source: G1. Read in G1: Substance works as’ source of youth ‘for rodent, says research.

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