But is it all it’s cracked up to be?
Elysium, the company behind the supplement dubbed “Basis,” has developed, by many accounts, a pill that will help your cells promote metabolic health like nothing that has come before. It contains two main active ingredients; pterostilbene and nicotinamide riboside.
Pterostilbene is an anti-oxidant, similar to resveratrol, found in blueberries and grapes. It is thought to exhibit anti-cancer properties, as well as the ability to fight off and reverse cognitive decline.
Nicotinamide riboside is a vitamin B3 that is found in small amounts in yeast and some animals. It affects energy generation in mitochondria and gene regulation through the same pathway as resveratrol. Though studies on nicotinamide riboside are fairly new, it has been found to illicit properties that are insulin sensitizing, enhancing to exercise, resisting to negative effects of high-fat diet, and neuroprotecting.
Five Nobel prize-winning scientists have backed the suppliment’s ability to repair damaged DNA.
Aaron Ciechanover: Awarded 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for characterizing the method that cells use to degrade and recycle proteins.
Eric Kandel: Awarded 2000 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for research on how memories are stored in the brain.
Martin Karplus: Awarded 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing a computer-based model for complex chemical systems.
Tom Südhof: Awarded 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery of a major transport system in cells.
Jack Szostak: Awarded 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for discovery of how genetic information is protected by telomeres.
Ingredients of Basis