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Fascinating research at the world-renowned Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience showed that Hardy’s broad-spectrum micronutrient treatment† could revolutionize recovery from traumatic brain injuries.
Researchers conducted a series of controlled studies with rats that were fed micronutrients†,
To test its effects on brain injuries and brain-related disorders. The researchers fed one group of mother rats Purina Rat Chow (considered to be an ideally fortified lab rat diet with 22 added vitamins and minerals) and another group of mother rats the same base diet fortified with Hardy’s more complete, specially-processed formulation†.
When the offspring were 4 days old, researchers performed surgery on some of them, Removing either the entire frontal lobe of the brain (critical for proper cognitive function) or part of the parietal lobe (important for sensory information processing). No surgery was performed on the remainder of the young rats.
After 100 days, neuroscientists carefully examined the brains of all the rats to find out why the rats fed the micro-nutrient formula† showed much calmer behavior in open field tests and dramatically improved cognitive function in Morris water maze testing.
These findings are consistent with the impressive results measured by researchers around the world in many people with mood, anxiety, and behavioral disorders who have experienced life-changing mental health benefits while taking micronutrients.
When comparing the brains of rats that had no surgery—one from each diet group—the most obvious difference is the healthier-looking cerebellum in the micronutrient-fed† rats.
Following frontal lobe surgery, the brains of rats fed the Purina Rat Chow diet showed limited recovery, while the brains of micronutrient-fed† rats showed never-before-seen re-growth of cortical tissue allowing them to recover full cognitive function. And again, the cerebellum was healthier.
Scientists had never before measured re-growth in the parietal lobe, so it was no surprise that rats fed the Purina Rat Chow diet showed no recovery whatsoever.
However, rats fed the micronutrients† showed—for the first time ever—growth which restored full cognitive function. And once again, the cerebellum was much healthier.
When the neuroscientists carefully analyzed the rat brains under a microscope, they learned why the micronutrient-fed† rats outperformed the Purina-fed rats.
The brains of animals fed micronutrients† had greater cortical thickness than the animals fed Purina Rat Chow—they actually had more brain matter to work with!
The brain cells of micronutrient-rats† were more complexly-branched and better connected with neighboring cells than the brain cells of rats fed Purina Rat Chow.
Parietal Lobe was surgically removed. After adding the micronutrients to their food, fully restored brain tissue.
Frontal Lobe was removed, after micronutrients, the lobe grew back.
†Refers to pre-2013 versions of Truehope EMPowerplus which were co-formulated by David Hardy. Truehope EMPowerplus is a registered trademark of The Synergy Group of Canada Inc.
Factors influencing frontal cortex development and recovery from early frontal injury. Halliwell C, Comeau W, Gibb R, Frost DO, Kolb B. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. 2009;12(5):269-78.