Combination of behavioral enrichment and antioxidant supplementation in diet reveal clear-cut benefits
A new study of beagles led by researchers at the University of Toronto at Scarborough underscores the importance of using a combination of diet and behaviour therapies to curb the progressive decline in the ability to learn that occurs with advanced aging. “We were really surprised just how clear-cut the benefit is of using a combined therapy,” says lead investigator and psychology professor Bill Milgram of the U of T at Scarborough, who specializes in aging research.
The results of the study, published in the January 2005 issue of Neurobiology of Aging, looked at the impact four combinations of behavioural enrichment and supplementation of diet with antioxidants had on a beagle’s ability to learn as the senior dog grew older. The first group had a regular diet and regular experience; the second received a regular diet and enriched experience; the third group a regular experience and an enriched diet; and the fourth group an enriched diet and an enriched experience.
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