I came across this headline “Painkiller Key to a Longer Life” in the Daily Express UK newspaper today 25 June 2014. Yup very catchy front page which is smart journalism. However, I had to read why taking a painkiller would be good as an anti-aging pill.
Turns out it references a study published in the Nature Communications titled “Chronic inflammation induces telomere dysfunction and accelerates ageing in mice“. It was by Prof Thomas von Zglinicki, a Professor of Cellular Gerontology at the Institute for Ageing and the study leader.
Should You Take Ibuprofen Everyday to Live Longer?
No, I personally don’t think so. I posted last time about how to take NSAID drugs like ibuprofen properly. The advice there was lowest effective dose for shortest period of time.
For a better review of the study I’d read the Telegraphs version of the story here.
6 Natural Alternatives to Ibuprofen
This article gave some good advice on how to lower levels of inflammation in your body with more natural drugs. These are: