Future U.S. soldiers may be lucky enough to live longer. Next year, the U.S. military’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will begin to trial an experimental pill that can delay the effects of aging on soldiers.
Breaking Defense reported that the experiment is part of a push to enhance the human ability and keep soldiers healthy and operating at peak performance for longer. If performance and clinical tests prove successful, it could potentially make its way to the public as a longevity treatment for the masses.
Tim Hawkins, Navy Commander and SOCOM spokesperson said:
These efforts are not about creating physical traits that don’t already exist naturally. This is about enhancing the mission readiness of our forces by improving performance characteristics that typically decline with age.
The new pill is a dietary supplement that boosts NAD+ levels, a compound commonly found in the unregulated nootropics industry. NAD+ is linked to aging and the numerous ways that the human body deteriorates over time.
SOCOM aims to flood soldiers’ systems with extra NAD+ to prevent age-related injuries, improve mental and physical fitness, and keep soldiers’ performance from declining throughout their careers.
Lisa Sanders, science and technology director at SOCOM, added:
The experimental pill has the potential, if it is successful, to truly delay aging, truly prevent the onset of injury — which is just amazingly game-changing.
In 2019, we saw some hopeful anti-aging treatments that passed the first human trials. Among them was a compound from pomegranates which proved effective at slowing some cellular aging processes, and a cell-killing drug that cleared people’s bodies of aged, toxic cells and improving their health.