We’re always looking for ways to stop signs of aging, right? Well, there’s some good news: Scientists are currently optimistic about a new supplement called GlyNAC, which they believe could hold the key to slowing or reversing many of the health issues that pop up as we get older.
A new pilot clinical trial from Baylor College of Medicine, which had its findings published in Clinical and Translational Medicine, studied the effects of GlyNAC during a nine-month period. GlyNAC is a combination of glycine and N-acetylcysteine, both of which are critical building blocks for glutathione, an antioxidant that has long been credited for fighting harmful free radicals and boosting energy production on a cellular level, both of which contribute anti-aging benefits. The study looked at GlyNAC’s effects on older participants in their 70s and 80s over the course of 36 weeks, in which they took the supplement for 24 of those weeks and then were taken off of it for the remaining 12 weeks so that scientists could investigate the changes.
Researchers saw a number of anti-aging improvements across the board for older participants who were taking GlyNAC, including reduced inflammation, decreased insulin resistance, improved cognitive function, increased muscle strength, and more. They’re still piecing together what drove the results, but they believe that people experience a glutathione deficiency as they age. So, giving the body the compounds it needs to create that antioxidant, cells are able to produce energy more efficiently and kill many dangerous compounds like free radicals that become more prevalent when we get older. Scientists are also hopeful that a future supplement like GlyNAC could not only prevent cognitive conditions like dementia or Alzheimer’s but potentially even slow or reverse signs of them in people who are already diagnosed.
GlyNAC is still in the midst of clinical trials, especially related to its potential brain health benefits, so it’s not available on the market yet. But if it shows more encouraging signs of reducing or reversing the effects of aging, we could very well see it out there one day soon!
This article originally appeared on our sister site, First for Women.