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Elysium Health Creates a Cellular Health Supplement

Elysium Health a consumer health company that was co-founded by Dr. Leonard Guarente—the director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for Biology of Aging Research at MIT. Elysium works with scientists and researchers from institutions like Harvard, Yale, and Stanford to translate advances in science and technology into clinically validated health products that work. Additionally, Dr. Guarente himself has conducted significant research into the genetic and molecular causes of aging. (Read How To Be Preventative About Your Health)


Basis is the first supplement created by Elysium Health. Basis is based on more than 25 years of aging research. Basis works to increase and sustain levels of NAD+ in our cells. NAD+ is a coenzyme that is essential to hundreds of cellular functions like circadian rhythms, energy creation, DNA protection, and many others. As we age, our levels of NAD+ decline and those functions break down.


A clinical trial conducted by Elysium Health in 2016 demonstrated that two capsules of Basis taken daily over the course of several weeks increased levels of NAD+ by an average of 40 percent in humans. The results of the study were published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal npj: Aging and Mechanisms of Disease. See Related Link for more information.


Basis is a nut-free, gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian supplement, allowing you to maintain your diet and avoid any dietary allergies you might have. It is also free of any artificial colors and flavors.


Each jar contains 30-days’ worth of the supplement (60 capsules) and are sold as a monthly subscription or individually. The plans that Elysium Health offers can be broken down like this:


A month to month subscription costs $50 per month

A six-month subscription costs $270 total ($45 per month)

A one-year subscription: $480 total ($40 per month)



More information about Elysium Health, the company’s team of scientists, and the science behind Basis can be found on Elysium’s page on Twitter.

Elysium Health is Known for One Thing–Basis

Supplements are intended to help humans live healthier lives, to state their purpose simply. However, many claims made by the researchers, distributors, manufacturers, and marketers of supplements go unsubstantiated, as the organizations that sell them choose not to pay millions of dollars – more likely, tens of millions of dollars – to finance clinical trials that substantiate the claims they make.

Elysium Health is a researcher, creator, and manufacturer of a supplement that is changing the supplement game. Their sole supplement, Basis, recently underwent a clinical trial that proved exactly what Elysium Health thought it would. Let’s dig into this assumption, how it was proved, and more about Elysium Health and Basis.

About Elysium Health

Elysium Health was formed by two entrepreneurs in the field of health science and a researcher named Dr. Leonard Guarente.

Dr. Guarente works for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – yes, the prestigious MIT – leading its Glenn Laboratory for the Science of Aging as its director. With so much hands-on experience in health science, Dr. Leonard Guarente was confident that Basis would do what he thought it would.

What does Basis do?

While Basis serves several functions outside of sustaining and promoting cellular health, its central function is performed on the molecular level.

Basis consists of two chemical compounds that either occur naturally in the human body or yield chemicals that do, in fact, occur in the human body’s cells. These two substances are nicotinamide riboside – which creates nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide, which is found in virtually all living cells on the face of planet earth – and pterostilbene, which is directly found in the human body’s cells.

Every cell in the human body contains nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide – also called NAD+, the positive sign meaning it’s charged with two extra electrons, causing it to hold a positive charge – and pterostilbene. The former, NAD+, facilitates the transfer of electrons to other molecules in cells. Once it passes electrons on, it becomes NADH, the reduced form of the compound.

Pterostilbene’s functioning relies on the presence of nicotinamide riboside. When the coenzyme NAD+ is found, it essentially “lubricates” pterostilbene so it can spread proteins – called sirtuins – throughout cells and within them. Pterostilbene promotes the longevity of small organisms, allowing them to live longer than their counterparts without stores of the substance.

How can consumers buy Basis?

Elysium Health offers Basis on its website, where consumers can find it as low as $40 for one month’s supply, given they purchase into a subscription lasting one full year.