The source of youth may be made of air, not water.
Researchers say they have successfully reversed the aging process of the elderly through “oxygen therapy” in a first study.
Researchers at Tel Aviv University used hyperbaric oxygen chambers to target specific cells and DNA linked to shorter lifespans – and found “Holy Grail” by staying young, according to a press release on the discovery.
During the study, researchers investigated whether the therapy – which involves inhaling pure oxygen in a pressurized environment – could reverse the effects of aging in 35 people over the age of 64, according to the study, published Wednesday in the journal Aging.
They placed elderly participants in the chamber for 90 minutes a day, five days a week for three months, and examined its effect on senescent cells associated with tissue and organ deterioration. They also measured the length of each person̵
Remarkably, researchers found that participants’ telomeres were enlarged by an average length of 20 percent, while their senescent cells decreased by up to 37 percent at the end of the experiment – equivalent to growing 25 years younger.
“The marked improvement in telomere length shown … provides the scientific community with a new foundation for understanding that aging can actually be targeted and reversed at the basic cellular-biological level,” said study co-author Shai Efrati. “Since telomere shortening is considered the ‘holy grail’ of the biology of aging.”
While reviewing the sessions, participants did not change their lifestyle, diet, or medication that has previously been shown to affect a person’s biological age.
The researchers, who include doctors from Shamir Medical Center, believe that the chamber under pressure triggered short oxygen deficiency, which caused cell regeneration.
“Until now, interventions such as lifestyle changes and intense exercise have been shown to have some inhibitory effect on the expected shortening of telomere length,” said Dr. Amir Hadanny, co-author of the study.
“What is remarkable about our study is that in just three months of treatment, we were able to achieve such a significant telomere extension – with prices far beyond the currently available interventions or lifestyle changes.”
In 2016, experts discovered that they could stop aging in mice by giving them drugs that kill aging cells.