Plasma from the blood of young people ‘REVERSES the ageing process’
Research from the US shows that mice who received human blood plasma from teenagers enjoyed better memory, faster speed and improved brain function.
They say time waits for no man.
But it seems its effects could be reversed thanks to the blood plasma of teenagers, which may form the basis for youth-restoring treatment in the elderly.
The claim, made by California-based research company Alkahest, suggests that proteins in adolescent blood can actually rebuild damaged cells and u-turn age-related deterioration.
Using donations from 18 year-olds, the researchers gave middle-aged mice two doses of human blood each week and monitored the reactions.
Prior to the treatment, the mice aged as standard – showing reduced speed and diminished memory.
But, following three weeks of the transfusions, that all changed – with the rodents developing new brain cells and exhibiting greater speed, agility and reaction times.
The study’s author, Sakura Minami, said that her team had seen a “rejuvenation effect” on the mice – something which held promise for a possible human treatment, particularly for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
“Their memory was preserved.”
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Not that this is the first time such research has identified a benefit to young blood.
In 2014, Stanford University neuroscientist Tony Wyss-Coray, PhD, also found that infusions of blood plasma from young mice improves the brains of older animals.
In addition, scores of young women have recently been using their own blood plasma to counteract the visible effects of ageing on the skin.
Kim Kardashian famously underwent a so-called ‘vampire facial’, which involves taking blood from the arm, separating the platelets and injecting it into the face with hundreds of tiny needle pricks.
The platelet-rich plasma then stimulates the production of the protein collagen, which is thought to rejuvenate the skin.