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.