Scientists in Kazakhstan say they have invented a life-lengthening yogurt drink after the country’s veteran leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, pleaded for “an elixir of youth and energy” in order to continue his rule.
The drink, called “nar” (nourishment), “will enable the improvement of quality of life and its prolongation” said Zhaksybay Zhumadilov a researcher at Nazarbayev University in the capital, Astana.
Mr Nazarbayev, 72, has been president of the Central Asian state since 1990 but he recently began musing on the benefits of immortality.
When an ethnic Korean delegate at Kazakhstan’s People’s Assembly proposed in 2010 that the leader should stay in power for another decade, Mr Nazarbayev answered: “Maybe, then, you’ll offer me an elixir of youth and energy – maybe you have such potions in Korea … I’m willing to go on until 2020, just find me an elixir.”
Cleopatra was famed for bathing in asses’ milk in an attempt to preserve her looks, but Mr Nazarbayev made clear he desired nothing less than the secret of eternal life. “Anti-ageing medicine, natural rejuvenation, immortality,” he mused to a government science committee. “That’s what people are studying these days.”
He added: “Those who do are the most successful states in the world – those who don’t will get left on the sidelines.”
Mr Zhumadilov said his yogurt drink would aid digestion and improve health but admitted: “A bioproduct alone will not solve the problem of longevity. It’s just one of the factors.”