As the CEO of a technology executive search firm, scientific experiments hold a certain “shiny object” appeal. As a result, my husband and I have started taking the Elysium Health nutraceutical Basis as an experiment in longevity.
Elysium Health has turned chemicals that lengthen the lives of mice and worms in the laboratory into the over-the-counter vitamin pill that people can take to combat aging. Only thing is there can be a huge difference between what works in the lab on other life forms and what works on live human beings. So, my friends, while this may extend our lives — while it is possible — it is, by no means, certain.
MIT Technology Review put it this way:
This means there’s no guarantee that Elysium’s first product, a blue pill called Basis that is going on sale this week, will actually keep you young. The product contains a chemical precursor to nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, or NAD, a compound that cells use to carry out metabolic reactions like releasing energy from glucose. The compound is believed cause some effects similar to a diet that is severely short on calories—a proven way to make a mouse live longer.
So why take longevity vitamins that may not work? Hmmm. Well, the company has five Nobel Prize winners advising it including neuroscientist Eric Kandel, biologist Thomas Südhof, origin-of-life theorist Jack Szostak, and the 2013 laureate in chemistry Martin Karplus. I’m taking a flyer on their collective intelligence. If it doesn’t work, all it costs me is the $60 per month cost of the supplement. If it works, well, we’ll be making history.
I will keep you posted on how the experiment goes.