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It’s been dubbed ‘the fountain of youth’, and if Professor Vladimir Skulachev is right about his discovery, it could help slow down the ageing process. And if you can hang on for another couple of years, if could help you live longer too.

At least, that’s what the news says. The Russian professor has apparently been working on his miracle drug for 40 years. Basically it’s like a super-powerful antioxidant in that it helps stop the harmful effect oxygen has on the body’s cells (apparently most of the oxygen in your system causes no harm but one percent turns into a ‘super-oxide that later turns into very poisonous elements’… Professor Skulachev’s own words).

He calls his discovery ‘Skulachev’s ions’. Hmm, doesn’t quite roll off the tongue, does it? But in tests the professor claims he has kept mice alive twice as long as normal. So with the average lifespan now at around 75 years (I’m talking generally, naturally), ask yourself this: Would you really take a pill that would help you live until you’re 150?

I’m sure there’ll be lots of takers, just not convinced I’ll be one of them…