The long life secret?

Given that this is in The Mail I think we might file this under the "immigrants cause cancer to house prices" heading. However, it\’s sourced from the New Scientist which, as long as it doesn\’t stray into matters economic, is a respectable source.

And for centuries it seems we were looking in the wrong place. Forget exotic pills and potions, the key to prolonged life could be as simple as a glass of water. Scientists believe \’heavy water\’ enriched with a rare form of hydrogen could add as much as ten years to life.

And by also modifying foods, such as steak and eggs, with the hydrogen the way could be cleared to allowing us to eat and drink our way to a healthy old age.

The idea is the brainchild of Mikhail Shchepinov, a former Oxford University scientist.

The idea is, as far as I understand it, that deuterium based water protects aginst free radicals rather more than regular dihydrogen monoxide. As to the truth of this I have no idea.

As to the implementation of it, well, there is something of a problem. There\’s a limited amount of deuterium out there. And you have to separate it (and isotopic separation ain\’t one of those simple things to do) from the regular water.

Even if it does work, it ain\’t gonna be cheap.

13 comments on “The long life secret?

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  2. “. . it’s sourced from the New Scientist which, as long as it doesn’t stray into matters economic . .”

    or anything to do with climate change

    , is a respectable source.”

    I’m with ACO on this one.

  3. According to “The Straight Dope,” in addition to other difficulties associated with with the stuff, it interferes with the normal processes of cells, especially their reproduction and the repair of tissue, and leads, eventually, to death.

    And, there you have it. Like everything else of which we’re aware, heavy water leads, eventually, to death. We can’t vary our destination but we get some choice in the matter of conveyance. I choose something else.

  4. That’s nothing. A couple of years ago an Australian was working on marketing the water left over when fruit juice is concentrated because, he said, it had a higher proportion of heavy oxygen than normal water and that was very good for you.

  5. dearieme:

    They ought to bottle that expressed water and sell it as “specially selected–ideal for the reconstitution of fruit juice concentrates.”

  6. Some years ago in NZ supermarkets started to stock bottled water with a label that openly described the source as “selected municipal supplies”. I had some fun for a week or two telling people about this, until the matter became too notorious to ignore.

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