Aging is normal and inevitable. Over time, our body decays, it is natural to the life of any living being. We are taught this cycle of life since we were little in school and, as we grow up, we witness this fact happening.

Of course, we start aging from the moment we are born, but studies indicate that it is from the third decade of life onwards that the aging process begins to increase. This happens thanks to an entirely natural phenomenon called immunosenescence. Getting old is an unavoidable thing and we will all go through it. But the question is not when, but how we are going to get to this process.

However, people generally want to stay young for as long as possible. And in some professions, being young, or being able to stay youthful for a longer time, is essential for them to be performed correctly. That’s why several studies are done on the subject.


So much so that, starting in 2022, the US Armed Forces Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will begin testing an experimental pill that could prevent the effects of aging on soldiers.

According to the “Breaking Defense” website, this experiment is part of an effort to increase human ability and also keep soldiers healthy and operating at peak performance for longer. Furthermore, this pill, if successful, could become a new longevity treatment for the civilian population as well.

“These efforts are not intended to create physical characteristics that do not yet exist naturally. It’s about increasing our forces’ mission readiness by improving performance characteristics that typically decline with age,” said Tim Hawkins, SOCOM spokesman and Navy commander.


Essentially this pill is a dietary supplement that increases levels of the NAD+ molecule. It is a compound found in the unregulated nootropics industry that is being linked to aging and the various ways in which the human body deteriorates over time.

SOCOM’s goal is to flood soldiers’ systems with extra NAD+. And in doing so, they hope to prevent age-related injuries, improve soldiers’ physical and mental fitness, and prevent their performance from declining throughout their careers.

This experimental pill “has the potential, if successful, to delay aging and prevent lesions from appearing – which is an incredible change,” said Lisa Sanders, director of science and technology at SOCOM.