Could scientists have finally discovered the fountain of youth? Certainly the researchers at McMaster University, in Ontario, Canada, think so. In 2000 they created a dietary supplement made up of 30 different vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B, C, and D; cod liver oil; green tea extract; and folic acid. And since 2000, they've been feeding it to many different types of mice--normal ones and ones that have been specially bred to show the ravages of Alzheimer's and other brain diseases.
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The result of these past 16 years of research? Scientists found that the supplement not only prevents Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other types of dementia, but it can reverse the damage of these neurological diseases. In one study, the mice had lost half their brain cells. After being fed the supplement for several months, the mice were back to normal.
Researchers also noticed that the supplement also boosted the mice's vision and sense of smell, two other senses that decline with age. So will this magic pill work on humans? The Canadian scientists say yes. "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," said one.
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Tests in humans are expected to begin in the next couple of years. In the meantime, click through the gallery below to see another science-backed way to prevent Alzheimer's--through food.
Three glasses of champagne every week is enough to keep Alzheimer's and dementia at bay, research says. A study out of the University of Reading revealed that a compound in the grapes used to make champagne can help "increase spatial memory, improve cognitive function and promote learning and memory retention."