Supplements of two antioxidant compounds -- acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid -- have been found to significantly increase the ability of "geriatric" beagle dogs to learn a new task.
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These supplements, acetyl-l-carnitine and alpha lipoic acid, are continuing to be studied in work with humans, and scientists believe they may provide a new approach to the neurodegeneration and cognitive decline common with aging.
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