New Dietary Supplement May Prevent or Reverse Massive Brain Cell Loss

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According to new research from McMaster University, a dietary supplement containing a blend of thirty vitamins and minerals may prevent and could possibly even reverse massive brain cell loss. It’s a mixture of all natural ingredients widely available at a person’s health food store.

The Supplement

The dietary supplement is a mixture of what scientists believe could someday slow the progression of catastrophic neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Jennifer Lemon, a research associate of biology and a lead author of the study said, “The findings are dramatic. Our hope is that this supplement could offset some very serious illnesses and ultimately improve quality of life.”

The supplement, which contains common ingredients such as vitamin C, D and B, folic acid, green tea extract, cod liver oil and other nutraceuticals, was first formulated by scientists at the McMaster’s Department of Biology in 2000.

A series of studies were published over the past decade and half of them have shown its benefits in mice, in both normal mice and those specifically bred for such research because the age rapidly, experience dramatic declines in cognitive and motor functions in a matter of months.

The mice used in this particular study had widespread loss of more than 50 percent of their brain cells, severely impacting multiple regions of the brain by one year of age, the human equivalency of severe Alzheimer’s disease.

The mice were provided with the supplement on a small piece of bagel every day over the course of several months. With time, researchers discovered that it completely eliminated the severe loss of brain cells and abolished cognitive decline.

Dr. Lemon conducted the work with the assistance of co-author Vadim Aksenov, a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Biology at McMaster. Lemon said, “The research suggests that there is tremendous potential with this supplement to help people who are suffering from some catastrophic neurological diseases.”

She continued by stating, “We know this because mice experience the same basic cell mechanisms that contribute to neurodegeneration that humans do. All species, in fact. There is a commonality among us all.”

Conclusion to the Study:

In addition to looking at the major markets of aging, the team also found out that the mice on the supplement experienced enhancement in vision and most remarkably in the sense of smell, the loss of which is directly associated with neurological diseases, improved balance and motor activity.

The next step in the research is to test the supplement on humans and the team expects that to happen within the next two years, and target those who are dealing with neurodegenerative diseases.


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