Administering pure oxygen in a pressurised chamber might reverse ageing and sickness, analysis finds.
Israeli scientists say they’ve managed to not solely efficiently cease the organic ageing course of however to reverse it, utilizing solely oxygen.
The examine, a collaboration between Tel Aviv College and the Shamir Medical Heart, administered high-pressure oxygen in a pressurised chamber and mentioned it reversed two processes regarding ageing and sickness.
Utilizing hyperbaric oxygen therapies (HBOT) on ageing wholesome adults, the researchers discovered the shortening of telomeres (chromosome ends) and the buildup of outdated and malfunctioning cells within the physique might be reversed.
That’s, the adults’ blood cells truly develop youthful because the therapies progress.
Some 35 adults over the age of 64 took half within the examine and got HBOT for 90 minutes a day, 5 occasions every week for 3 months.
The examine was printed in Ageing journal on November 18.
Shai Efrati, a professor at Tel Aviv College who runs the Aviv Clinics in Florida, advised The Jerusalem Publish the examine signifies that the mobile foundation for the ageing course of may be reversed.
“At this time telomere shortening is taken into account the ‘Holy Grail’ of the biology of ageing,” he mentioned.
“Researchers world wide are attempting to develop pharmacological and environmental interventions that allow telomere elongation. Our HBOT protocol was capable of obtain this, proving that the ageing course of can in actual fact be reversed on the primary cellular-molecular degree.”
The examine, Efrati mentioned, “provides hope and opens the door for lots of younger scientists to focus on ageing as a reversible illness”.
His accomplice on the Shamir Medical Heart, Chief Medical Analysis Officer Amir Hadanny, mentioned interventions reminiscent of way of life modifications and intense train have proven “some inhibiting impact on telomere shortening”, however the hyperbaric oxygen therapy is simpler.
“In our examine, solely three months of HBOT had been capable of elongate telomeres at charges far past any at the moment accessible interventions or way of life modifications,” Hadanny mentioned.
In line with the examine, the bodily modifications had been equal to how the contributors’ our bodies had been on the mobile degree 25 years earlier.
“We’re not [just] slowing the decline – we’re going backwards in time,” Efrati mentioned.
Oxygen therapy improved consideration, info processing pace, and govt capabilities within the topics, the researchers mentioned.