Vitamin Could Be Used To Stop The Aging Of Internal Organs

  • Mary Nichols , Design & Trend Contributor
  • Apr, 30, 2016, 06:56 PM
Tags : science
Cell Regeneration
(Photo : Getty Images/Koichi Kamoshida) Scientists have successfully tested the ability of a vitamin to aid cell regeneration in the internal organs of elderly mice.

Scientists have successfully tested the ability of a vitamin to aid cell regeneration in the internal organs of elderly mice.

Researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) gave mice Nicotinamide riboside (NR), which was found to have a positive effect on the function of stem cells, writes Newsweek.

As with all mammals, as mice age certain organs including the liver and kidneys and muscles such as the heart being to lose their regenerative abilities. Their ability to repair after an injury is also diminished, something that can contribute to aging disorders.

The researchers are hopeful that the method will lead to new breakthroughs in the treatment of degenerative diseases, giving vital organs and muscles a chance to regain regeneration abilities, according to a press release.

"We supplied NR as a supplement to the diet of 700-day-old mice, which is an advanced age even for a lab mouse," Dongryeol Ryu, second author of the study, told Newsweek. "The mice that received the substance lived longer than the mice that didn't receive it."

The researchers did not observe negative side effects in the mice after being given NR - even when administered at high doses. NR is a form of vitamin B3 and has not yet undergone scientific testing at higher levels in humans. However, it is present in some nutritional supplements.

The authors of the study cautioned against hyping the results as some kind of elixir of youth, as further studies are necessary. One of the next steps for the researchers will be to test the effects of the vitamins on the function of pathological cells, such as those found in cancerous tissue to ensure that it does not boost growth.

Johan Auwerx, who led the team, said in a press release that the implications could provide a breakthrough for regenerative medicine with implications for treating diseases like muscular dystrophy. According the results of the study, the muscular power of mice improved following treatment with NR.

"This work could have very important implications in the field of regenerative medicine," Auwerx said in a press release.

"We are not talking about introducing foreign substances into the body, but rather restoring the body's ability to repair itself with a product that can be taken with food," he added.

The study was published in the journal Science.

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