A protein powder
favoured by body builders could hold the secret of a long and healthy
life, scientists believe.
water, the mixture built muscle, boosted fitness and improved balance
the powder, which can be bought from health food shops and online,
increased life expectancy by 12 per cent.
results come from animal experiments, but, in human terms, this
would equate to an extra 10 years or so of life.
researchers believe that taken daily from middle-age, the ‘elixir
of life’ powder could help millions look forward to a healthier
porridge or stirred into milk, it could strengthen weak and worn
worn-out muscle, cutting the risk of painful falls and fractures
in old age.
Taken in later
life, the supplement could give a much-needed energy boost to those
with heart, lung and other problems.
Enzo Nisoli said: ‘I think our data warrant a recommendation that
middle-aged people start taking these supplements.’
of Brescia University, give ‘middle-aged’ mice water laced with
amino acids – the building blocks of protein.
The three ‘branched-chain’
amino acids used were leucine, isoleucine and valine.
the supplement lived 80 days longer than the average mouse, the
journal Cell Metabolism reports.
In human terms,
this would increase the average 77.7 lifespan of a British man to
87. And take the average life expectancy for women from 81.9 years
to almost 92.
balance, co-ordination and endurance also improved.