Elysium. Sounds familiar, right? Well we all know good marketing is about positive associations, and that movie with Matt Damon was cool as f*ck. Also, it had a lot to do with living longer, or at least staying healthier longer — and that’s exactly what the company Elysium Health has invested themselves in.
Don’t get them wrong, because unlike countless other “anti-aging” products, Elysium’s newest brainchild stands in another category.
The Minds Behind It
The man with the plan is Lenny Guarente, an MIT graduate and one of the foremost experts in aging research. He’s supported by the lab geek A-Team of five Nobel Prize winners and a couple dozen other white coats. What initially sounded like another scam waiting to happen now seems like some real possible sci-fi sh*t, and I would bet there will be droves of people waiting with bells on.
The Science Behind It
Do you actually know the definition of aging? Simply put, your cells degrade, every second of every day until you can’t even lift. Damn, that blows.
Seriously, though, this is cellular degeneration and so far, science hasn’t advanced enough to halt it. In the past, calorie-restrictive diets have been used to some effect, and it’s worth mentioning everything you eat ultimately contributes to your cells’ degeneration. Therefore, the less you eat, the less oxidative damage your cells incur.
Obviously, there is a breaking point to this theory, because there’s not a whole lot of longevity involved in starvation; however, cutting out excess calories and full blown bulking seasons could add years to your life.
Far beyond calorie restriction lies a realm of possibility with potential to change the way everyone ages (or at least everyone who can afford it). Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD) is a substance in the body that decreases with the passage of time.
We can safely assume this is directly correlated with the degradation process we just discussed, and Elysium Health has discovered how to give it back to us.
Elysium’s pill contains the building blocks of NAD and is manufactured to naturally increase the body’s production. The drug also contains a compound closely related to resveratrol, with supposedly better functioning. Not to fear, this NAD-boosting cocktail was tested on mice and was shown to positively affect the lucky creature’s natural levels.
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What Lies Ahead
Elysium Health is referring to this drug as BASIS. Though only available at Elysium’s website, the future looks bright, and it’s safe to assume we’re going to start seeing a lot more old dudes in the gym (not so bright).
According to Elysium’s website: “Subtle changes in overall feeling of well-being, sleep quality, energy consistency, cognitive function, and skin health are often reported within 4-16 weeks of starting. Note that cellular health may not always manifest results at the surface.”
We always enjoy tangible, immediate results like bicep pumps, caffeine, and gin tonics; however, for some odd reason, these people appear trustworthy. The catch is it’s not as simple as just purchasing one bottle. BASIS is made available through a $50-per-month subscription, like the Xbox Live of cellular detoxification.
The Future of Health
BASIS is a stepping stone in the rapidly developing field of modern medicine and research. In the last few decades, science has advanced more than it had in hundreds of years before it, experiencing a snowball effect of innovation.
There’s no telling what our children will be encountering on a daily basis; however, it would come as no surprise to see countless other “fountain of youth” attempts appearing in the next ten years.
Who wouldn’t want to live longer, jump higher, increase their deadlift max every week, or be able to crush Jäger bombs on Saturday then take a pill Sunday morning that has you feeling like you spent the previous night at hot yoga?
That’s just human nature, the survival instinct clawing out at every possible angle. Homo sapiens have spent astonishing hours of their lives in the attempt to lengthen them; however, much like the moon landing, BASIS seems to be one of the first truly effective steps.
Buckle in, there are going to be a lot more geriatric drivers.