Prevent your brain from ageing with a single pill

New research has found that a dietary supplement containing up to 30 vitamins and minerals could stop, and even reverse, massive loss of brain cells that occurs as you get older.

Researchers at Canada’s McMaster University believe the supplement could go so far as to treat diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and are looking to release the dietary supplement within the next two years.

“The findings are dramatic,” says Jennifer Lemon, research assistant in the university’s biology department and lead author of the study.

“Our hope is that this supplement could offset some very serious illnesses and ultimately improve quality of life.”

Perhaps the greatest news of all is that the natural ingredients included in the supplement are all commonly available over the counter in health food stores, pharmacies and even in some supermarkets. The supplement contains common ingredients such as vitamin B, C, D, folic acid, green tea extract and cod liver oil.

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It’s a mixture that has shown promise when tested on mice, specifically bred for the research because they age rapidly. The mice had more than half of their brain cells and had the human equivalent of severe Alzheimer’s disease.

They were fed the supplement over several months and the improvement was considered amazing. Over time the researchers found the severe brain cell loss and cognitive decline had been completed eliminated.

In addition to reversing brain loss, the research team found the mice experienced improved vision and smell, and there was an increase in their balance and motor skills abilities.

“The research suggests there is tremendous potential with this supplement to help people suffering from some catastrophic neurological disease,” Lemon says.

Would you be interested in taking a supplement that kept your brain from ageing? Do you take dietary supplements to help with other ailments?