Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Blue Food Dye Might Help Cure SCI

An Interesting Article in Wired Science.


The same blue food dye that gives your Gatorade its turquoise tint and turns your tongue a peculiar shade of purple might also protect your nerves in the case of spinal cord injury.

By lucky accident, researchers discovered that the commonly used food additive FD&C blue dye No. 1 is remarkably similar to a lab compound that blocks a key step in nerve inflammation. When rats with spinal cord injury were given an infusion of blue dye, they recovered much faster than rats that didn’t get the treatment.

1 comment:

Lacy said...

Have a SB friend who puts it in her daughter's bottle...we'll see if it works or will we really ever know?!