The Blue Pill

Each bottle of Basis, which looks like a jar of face cream, has 60 capsules.

Elysium, a company founded by an M.I.T. biologist, and backed by Nobel Prize-winners, has begun selling a dietary pill called Basis, which combats the effects of aging.

The product, a blue capsule, isn’t a drug. It has among other ingredients, a chemical precursor to a critical compound found in all living cells, known as NAD+ (short for nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide.)

With age, NAD+ levels decline. Basis will work by supplying the body with the building blocks needed to synthesize its own NAD+, and retard the speed of senescence.



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