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Blue Food Dye Treats Spine Injury in Rats

by Hadley Leggett
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 simil...
  • Lisa Balatbat

    Love this little blue guy. He is a lab rat experiment on blue food dye that is believed to help spinal cord cells regenerate.

  • Cora Van de Vlekkert

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  • Muerto Marie

    malformalady: Fifteen minutes after this rat was paralyzed, researchers injected the rodent with Brilliant Blue G dye, a derivative of common food coloring Blue Number One. The dye reduced inflammation of the spinal cord, which allowed the rats to take clumsy steps—but not walk—within weeks.

  • Kate

    A blue rat! Why is it blue? Because FD&C blue dye No. 1 actually decreases nerve inflammation, greatly improving the prognosis of rats with spinal cord injuries.

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