Could Ibuprofen Help Us Live Longer?

Could Ibuprofen Be An Anti-Aging Medicine?
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Previously researchers have found that Ibuprofen makes your lungs young again. Now, the common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and fever, could hold the keys to a longer healthier life, according to a study published in PLOS Genetics. The scientists showed that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit flies.
 
Ibuprofen is a relatively safe drug that was created in the early 1960s in England. It was first made available by prescription and then, after widespread use, became available over-the-counter throughout the world in the 1980s. The World Health Organization includes ibuprofen on their "List of Essential Medications" needed in a basic health system. Ibuprofen is described as a "nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used for relieving pain, helping with fever and reducing inflammation."
 
The research showed that ibuprofen interferes with the ability of yeast cells to pick up tryptophan, an amino acid found in every cell of every organism. Tryptophan is essential for humans, who get it from protein sources in the diet.
 
The researchers are not sure why this works, but it's worth exploring further. This study was a proof of principle to show that common, relatively safe drugs in humans can extend the lifespan of very diverse organisms. Therefore, it should be possible to find others like ibuprofen with even better ability to extend lifespan.
 
The ultimate goal of the researchers is to find out why people get sick when they get old. By understanding those processes, they can intervene and find ways to extend human health span, keeping people healthier longer and slowing down aging.