There's a reason why anti-ageing therapies are
so popular today. With the boom in industrialization and rapid modernization,
there is a steady demand of healthcare and lifestyle anti-aging products,
accounting for a huge investment in clinical trials and research in that area.
New products are being developed, and plenty of
studies are being conducted on various ways to reduce ageing and its effects. A
recent study conducted in mice in the Stanford University claims that injecting
young blood in older individuals may promote healthy brain function, thereby
reducing the risk of Alzheimer's and other age-related illnesses, and
significantly reducing visible effects of ageing. It is also thought to aid the
development of new synapses and revitalize brain tissue.
Saul Villeda of Stanford University presented
results which suggest that it is indeed possible to enhance brain function and
rejuvenate the brain of old animals by injecting them with the blood of the
The experiment involved connecting the
circulatory systems of an old and a young mouse, to introduce the young blood
into the system of the 'old' mouse. The old mouse was kept under observation
for several days, after which, it was found that the old mouse demonstrated
clear signs of reversed ageing. A whopping 20% increase in the connections
between brain cells was noted, and an increase in the number of stem cells was
observed. It is presumed that the regenerative effects of young blood outweigh
the degenerative effects of old blood, which promotes age reversal.
On the other hand, injecting old blood may have
detrimental impact on the young mouse, due to the inflammatory action of plasma
above study is not yet published and has been done only in rodents. A number of
factors will have to be taken into account before this procedure is considered
You will thus have to wait sometime to inject
'young' blood into your great granddads and grannies for now.