“Combining interventions to improve healthspan: Is it worth it?”

Nathalie Sumien, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Neuroscience Discovery, Institute for Healthy Aging, UNTHSC, November 4, 2016, 11:00-12:00, LIB 110. “Combining interventions to improve health span: Is it worth it?” Synopsis: Popular interventions such as antioxidant supplementation and moderate exercise are often used to attain healthy brain aging. Combining multiple interventions is often recommended in anticipation of additive effects of the interventions. However, the nature of the interaction between different antioxidants, or between exercise and antioxidants remain unclear and may lead to antagonistic actions. Our lab has been studying the effects of vitamins E and C and Coenzyme Q alone or in combination, and the interaction between vitamins and exercise on motor and cognitive function in a mouse model of brain aging.