Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Study Gives Hope To Cure Aging with Supplementation, Say Scientists at McMaster University

 A new study from the prestigious McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, suggests that it might be possible to cure aging.  The scientists at Prof. David Rollo's biology laboratory found that lab mice get smarter and more agile as they age when fed a mix of nutritional supplements.

The study was announced on CBC Radio One, CBC News Network  (Canadian Broadcasting Company) January 2, 2012. "Can aging be slowed?"

"The investigators aim to slow down the aging process to avoid the physical and mental declines that often come with aging.  In the study, the mice that ate bagel bits soaked in a cocktail of supplements such as B vitamins, vitamin D, ginseng and garlic lived longer than those not taking the special mice chow.

"If you put them on a supplement, they actually learn better as they age," Rollo said.  "They still don't live much longer but their brain function is remarkable."

The mice also acted like restless teenagers showing "spontaneous motor function" that fades in humans in a universal sign of aging, Rollo added.

The supplemented mice maintained their memory function in tests, such as remembering a familiar object.  Their learning abilities were like those of very young mice, he said.  Mice of the same age that were not supplemented behaved in lab tests like a frail 80-year old woman.

The investigators turned to the cocktail of ingredients based on their suspected ability to offset five key mechanisms involved in aging.  They have also doubled the lifespan of crickets using a combination of dietary restriction and supplements, and other investigators have found similar results in other animal models.

Most of the supplements Rollo and his team use are sold at health food stores.  But he cautioned they are not something to be toyed with because the cocktail hasn't been tested to see if it is safe for people.  The supplements cross the blood-brain barrier to affect the mitochondreia "furnaces" in the brain in a fundamental way, ne noted.

Scientists still don't know how the supplements actually work and interact in the body."  Reports on the search for cures for agine, Type 1 diabetes and the common cold, obesity and cancer can be found at www.cbc.ca/news/health/

This is a most encouraging study for those of us who are supplementing our healthy diets with the USANA nutritional program.  It will be interesting to follow their study over the years to see how they translate this for human consumption.

Deanna Waters
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