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Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks
Surrey, England, 14 November 2003

Old dogs can learn new tricks if given antioxidants to boost their flagging brainpower—so think what this could do for us all!

In a report to the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in New Orleans, USA researchers at the University of Toronto, Canada revealed that elderly beagles were as bright as young dogs when their food was enriched with antioxidants. But elderly dogs not on the diet lagged behind in cognitive tests.

"There are lessons to be learned from man's best friend," Dr Dwight Tapp, who conducted the research (and is now at the University of California in Irvine) told the meeting. "Antioxidants such as vitamin E and vitamin C may also help people to stay mentally spry too."

"Although we found that not all cognitive functions respond to antioxidant treatment, our data suggests that antioxidants play an important role in preventing or slowing age-related cognitive impairments," said Dr Tapp.


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