Can nutrients help repair spinal cord injuries? The answer might surprise you....

May 9, 2015
Volume 5    |   Issue 38

Last week, I told you about a compound called co-ultraPEALut, which is a combination anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. This combination works in powerful ways to fight Alzheimer's. But another study shows this combination might just work to help heal spinal cord injuries.

Severe spinal cord injuries, as you may know, are virtually impossible to heal. Even less severe injuries are difficult to fully heal. There have been some amazing advances in recent years. Doctors can sometimes spare a patient from paralysis if they're able to treat them quickly enough. And now we're seeing that nutrients can play a role in this treatment.

Most medical professions would say it's unlikely nutrients could spare someone from paralysis with a severe spinal cord injury. This might be true. However, a new study suggests we shouldn't completely discount their ability to heal spinal cord injuries.

In this study, the researchers started with the knowledge that palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) can offer protection to the central nervous system. PEA is an endogenous lipid amide belonging to the N-acylethanolamine family. These are fatty acid amides that act as powerful anti-inflammatories. The researchers in this study had seen other studies where PEA significantly reduced inflammatory secondary events associated with spinal cord injury. So in this study, they wanted to see if using PEA along with the antioxidant luteolin would increase its ability to help spinal cord injuries.

The researchers didn't just pick luteolin out of a hat. They knew that oxidative stress plays an important role in neuroinflammatory disorders. Considering how effective this nutrient is in helping improve memory function, it made sense to see if it would help improve spinal cord injuries. And it did just as they expected. Their experiment included ex vivo (on actual tissue in a culture, not inside an animal or human) and in vivo (in the animal or human) models.

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For the ex vivo experiments, the researchers took tissue samples from mice and cultured them for seven days. After seven days, they pretreated the tissue for one hour with the co-ultraPEALut combination. Then they mechanically injured the tissue in a way that simulated a spinal cord injury.

In the in vivo experiments, they induced a spinal cord injury in mice through spinal cord compression using vascular clips. Then they administered the co-ultraPEALut at one and six hours after the injury. Then they evaluated the results. Here's what they found:

Not only did the antioxidant/anti-inflammatory combination prevent the spinal cord cells from dying, it also reduced the severity of the trauma. And it even improved the motor activity, which means movement was restored. What this means is that this nutrient combination was able to keep the cells alive and active, which enables them to be repaired. This is an incredible discovery.

It also means that with any injury you sustain, it's a very good idea to take both an anti-inflammatory nutrient formula, such as Reduloxin, and an antioxidant formula that contains luteolin (the formula used in the study is not available yet). Because it also helps heal the nerve receptors in your brain, I suggest Advanced Memory Formula. But any luteolin source will help. It's also important to take these nutrients immediately after the injury before damage can become permanent.

Your insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23880066

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