The small pinkish pill sitting in my palm looks no more exciting than a battered Smartie. And yet it represents the culmination of centuries of ceaseless striving and quests for magical elixirs.
The Australian scientist who has developed it predicts that, in decades to come, people will look back on its creation as a moment as historically significant as the Wright brothers’ first flight.
Apparently, it tastes like salted popcorn, but for form’s sake Professor David Sinclair would rather I didn’t swallow this little dose of nicotinamide mononucleotide, or NMN — although he’s confident it wouldn’t harm me.
On the contrary, Professor Sinclair — one of the world’s leading experts on the science of ageing — believes it is the key to not only warding off the process of human ageing but even reversing it.
Now professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, he has spent two decades investigating how to ‘cure’ ageing and believes NMN is by far the best prospect of providing the answer.