Ibuprofen: a normal pain relief pill can extend life span


A study from Texas A&M AgriLife Research showed that Ibuprofen a common over-the-counter(OTC) drug widely used for pain and fever relief can extend the life span in several species. Dr. Michael Polymenis observed an increase in the lifespan of baker’s yeast, an established ageing model when treated with regular doses of ibuprofen. The research was extended to worms and flies and he observed an extended and healthy life span. The life span was extended by 15 percent in these organisms for a given dose of Ibuprofen which is equivalent to 12 or more years of living in humans at recommended dosage.

Dr.Polymenis, who also is a professor in the biochemistry and biophysics department at Texas A&M University, collaborated with Dr. Brian Kennedy, the president and CEO of the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in Novato, California, along with several researchers from Russia and the University of Washington. Polymenis observed that ibuprofen interferes with the ability of yeast cells to pick up tryptophan. Tryptophan is an amino acid found in every cell of a living organism. The ability of ibuprofen to increase life span in the above organisms gives a hope to further study the principle underlying this phenomenon and to discover more drugs, relatively safe like ibuprofen that can give a healthier and longer life to the human beings.



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