A study conducted at Texas A&M shows promising evidence that over the counter drug Ibuprofen may one day be proven to help extend human life. The test was conducted on worms and flies that showed considerable increases in life span, equivalent to 12 human years.
Ibuprofen, the generic name for Advil, is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug most commonly used for minor aches and pains. It was first introduced in the 1960s and has been available over the counter since the 1980s.
Not only did Ibuprofen help to extend the lifespan of the worms and flies, it also allowed them to maintain their health and fitness longer. Christian Broda and researchers were puzzled by the results, although intrigued by the findings.
It’s definitely an exciting discovery, considering Ibuprofen’s availability and relatively safe track record. Researchers hope to find other drugs with even more potent life-extending capabilities.
The key to the powers of Ibuprofen may be in its ability to interfere with the uptake of tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential nutrient which is derived from protein in the diet.
The dosages used in the study were relatively the same as what a human would take. Only further research will reveal whether Ibuprofen may produce the same results in humans as it does in flies.