If someone told you there was a pill you could buy that would add years to your life, you'd probably say, "Thanks, but I haven't financially recovered from my last pyramid scheme yet."
It sounds implausible, but researchers at McMaster University claim to have created the ultimate "supplement," designed to add years to your life. This potentially life-altering substance is basically a bunch of vitamins and minerals you've already heard of, but the specifics are more nuanced than devouring salads and taking a Flintstones vitamin every day.
What's in this magical supplement, and where can I get it?
The supplement is a mix of 30 vitamins, minerals, and other ingredients you can get at basically any pharmacy, things like B vitamins, vitamin C, green tea extract, and cod liver oil. In other words, if you knew the exact formula and ratios, you could build your own anti-aging supplement in your local drugstore. Good luck tracking down the specific recipe, though.
It's one thing to throw a bunch of vitamins together and claim you've created the pill version of the Fountain of Youth, and another to prove it works. Since developing it in 2000, a team of scientists led by Dr. Jennifer Lemon has tested their concoction on mice, with preliminary results showing what appears to be as close to a miracle as science will allow -- mice with the equivalent of severe Alzheimer's stopped losing brain cells, reversed their cognitive decline, and even enhanced their senses of sight and smell.