There’s a long tradition of craving blood for its restorative powers. It’s everywhere in our history and mythology: high priests sacrificing children, victors in battle drinking the blood of brave enemies and, of course, vampires. But what if there’s some actual science behind it?
Apparently scientists have discovered that young blood could reverse the aging process and maybe even cure Alzheimer’s Disease.
The article reports on two separate studies, both done with mice:
- One study found that young blood can “recharge” the brain, forming new blood vessels and bolstering memory and learning
- The second study identified a “youth protein” that keeps the brain and muscles young and strong. This protein, known as GDF11, is present in the bloodstream in large amounts when we’re young, but diminishes with age
Researchers hope to begin human trials within two to three years. “This should give us all hope for a healthier future,” says one of the researches, Prof. Doug Melton, of Harvard University’s Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology. “We all wonder why we were stronger and mentally more agile when young, and these two unusually exciting papers actually point to a possible answer. There seems to be little question that GDF11 has an amazing capacity to restore aging muscle and brain function.”
Needless to say, I’ll be watching this and updating you regularly.