Just What Is the Hidden Agenda Behind the U.S. Military Order for Anti-Aging Pills?
The average length of service for enlisted personnel in the US military is just under 15 years. The average age of enlistment in the US army is ~ age 21 and the average age of US army enlisted men and women is ~age 27. Only ~9% of army personnel are over age 40. These troops have barely begun to age biologically. So, what’s the impetus to introduce an anti-aging pill in today’s military?
The US Military’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) intends to test an experimental pill as “smart weaponry” to enhance performance in the battlefield. News headlines portray this as a nutraceutical that will stave off the effects of ageing on older soldiers.
“It has the capacity, if successful, to actually prevent ageing and hasten recovery from injury as well as enhance mental function,” say news reports.
A spokesperson for SOCOM said “this is about improving the mission willingness of our troops.”
Is an anti-aging pill going to be a carrot to get young Americans to enlist in the military? A modern fighting force will likely be removed from the battlefield while AI confronts an enemy. There would be more emphasis on mental acuity than physical endurance. An anti-aging pill would offer both.
The “new” anti-aging pill
While portrayed as something new, this anti-ageing pill has actually been around for a few years. It is based on vitamin B3, niacin, which helps to convert food into energy within living cells.
Niacin-based pills help to make a molecule called nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD ) that energizes mitochondria, cell energy compartments that act like “batteries” and need continual recharging. By age 80 only a small portion of mitochondria are operational.
Niacin (vitamin B3) is essential for life but is usually in adequate supply in the diet, particularly in fortified foods.
A frank deficiency of niacin results in pellagra, the disease known for its three hallmark symptoms: diarrhea, dermatitis and dementia.
The originator of this so-called anti-ageing pill is Harvard Medical School’s Dr. David Sinclair PhD who originally introduced red-wine resveratrol as the world’s first anti-ageing pill in 2003.
Three forms of niacin
Niacin is commonly used to lower cholesterol but causes an aggravating head flush as blood vessels dilate (widen). Niacinamide, which is commonly provided in multivitamins, does not induce a flush.
Also, dietary tryptophan, found in foods like chicken, turkey, fish (canned tuna, salmon), cheese and oats, indirectly converts to NAD, but less efficiently. About ~60 milligrams of tryptophan is required to equal one milligram of niacin.
Niacin is being dismissed in this era of modern synthetic analogs or precursors. However, mega-dose niacin has been reported to have remarkable anti-aging effect in humans.
Back in time: the first anti-aging pill
In 2004 when Dr. Sinclair first introduced the red wine molecule resveratrol as an anti-ageing pill it was described as an NAD booster, a mimic of a calorie restricted or fasting diet, and an activator of the Sirtuin1 survival gene; while niacin was identified as a “found-food signal” because it is ubiquitous in food and therefore shuts off the Sirtuin1 gene.
But now niacin derivatives a
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