Bruce Ames, of the University of California fed elderly rats acetyl-L-carintine and the anti-oxidant alpha-lipoic acid for a month. Both chemicals are normally found in mammal cells, and both are sold in health food stores. Then he tested the animals for memory and stamina. ?With these two supplements together, these old rats got up and did the macarena,? he says. ?The brain looks better, they are full of energy: everything we looked at looks more like a young animal.?
His colleague Tony Hagen, of Oregon State University, says, ?We also see a reversal in loss of memory. This is a dual track improvement that is significant and unique. This is really starting to explode and move out of the realm of basic research into people.?