Starting next year, the US Armed Forces Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will begin testing an experimental pill that it says may actually prevent the effects of aging on soldiers.
The experiment, reports the Breaking Defense portal, is part of an effort to increase human skill and keep combatants healthy and operating at peak performance longer. And, pending successful performance and clinical trials, it could also become a new longevity treatment for the masses.
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“These efforts are not intended to create physical characteristics that do not yet exist naturally,” SOCOM spokesman and Navy Commander Tim Hawkins told Breaking Defense. “It’s about increasing our forces’ mission readiness by improving performance characteristics that typically decline with age.”
The pill is essentially a dietary supplement that increases levels of the NAD+ molecule, which is a compound commonly found in the unregulated nootropics industry that has been linked to aging and the myriad ways in which the human body deteriorates over time.
By flooding soldiers’ systems with extra NAD+, SOCOM hopes to prevent age-related injuries, improve physical and mental fitness, and prevent soldiers’ performance from degrading throughout their careers.
The experimental pill “has the potential, if it’s successful, to really slow down aging, really prevent the onset of lesions – which is an incredible change,” SOCOM director of science and technology Lisa Sanders told Breaking Defense.
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