Ponce de Leon is said to have discovered the elusive “fountain of youth” and it’s a tourist attraction in Florida. However, the “real” fountain of youth may not be a fountain but a combination of common nutritional supplements found in health food stores.
Scientists have found that a combination of 30 supplements, including Vitamins B,C and D, folic acid, cod liver oil, green tea extract, and more have reversed the effects of aging and prevent the loss of brain cells.
Over the course of fifteen years, studies have been conducted on mice with amazing results on mice. Mice, considered elderly at 22 months of age with age-related hunchbacks, arthritis and cognitive decline regained their youthful vitality after taking the supplements combined in one pill. They actually grew smarter with age and acted like twenty-something’s.
Jennifer Lemon, professor from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario and lead author of the study says,
The findings are dramatic. Our hope is this supplement could affect some very serious illnesses and ultimately improve quality of life.
In the study, the mice that had widespread loss of half their brain cells (like a human with Alzheimer’s) were fed a supplement on a small piece of bagel each day over the course of several months. Over time, the brain cell loss was eliminated and cognitive decline disappeared. The supplements affect the mitochondria to create fewer free radicals, the cause of aging.
The research suggests there is tremendous potential with this supplement to help people who are suffering from some catastrophic neurological diseases. We know this because mice experience the same basic cell mechanisms that contribute to neuro-degeneration that humans do. All species, in fact. There is commonality among us.
The plan is to begin human trials on those suffering from neuro-degenerative diseases within two years. This simple treatment could help those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease and more.
Dr. Lemon has a personal interest in the research. Her grandmother died at 84 after spending her final years with dementia.
The study states,
We know of no other treatment with such efficacy highlighting the potential for prevention or ameleoration of human neuropathologies that are associated with oxidative stress, inflammation and cellular dysfunction.