Don’t give up on those multivitamins just yet! A decade and a half of research shows that a uniquely formulated mashup of common vitamins, minerals, and other nutraceuticals may have the ability to prevent and reverse brain cell loss. Researchers at McMaster University’s Department of Biology developed the supplement back in 2000. Scientists are optimistic that this mixture of over 30 vitamins and minerals—including green tea extract, vitamins B, C, and E, folic acid, and cod liver oil, may in the future help to stall the progression of neurological conditions such as dementia, ALS, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease.
“The findings are dramatic,” says Jennifer Lemon, research associate in the Department of Biology and a lead author of the study. “Our hope is that this supplement could offset some very serious illnesses and ultimately improve quality of life.”
Brain Cell Restoration
The most research study from McMaster University researchers was published in the journal Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis. Researchers used mice that had lost half of their brain cells, critically injuring multiple sections of the brain. The damage sustained mimicked that of a severe case of Alzheimer’s in humans. Researchers fed mice the supplement on a small piece of bagel. Over several months, the supplement had reversed brain cell loss and cognitive decline in afflicted mice.
“The research suggests that there is tremendous potential with this supplement to help people who are suffering from some catastrophic neurological diseases,” says Lemon. “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.”
The mice also showed improvements in:
- Motor activity
Researchers are now looking to replicate these findings in humans.
Although the supplement used by researchers is not yet available for purchase, you can always fortify your health with premium, high-quality supplements. Not all supplements are created equal. If you can, opt for organic, whole-food varieties of supplements from reputed manufacturers and brands—companies that are willing to stand 100% behind their products, ingredients, and manufacturing methods. A multivitamin/mineral complex, alongside a fish oil supplement for omega-3 support, as well as a probiotic blend, should safeguard your nutritional needs, according to experts.