All those years of eating M&M's and never thinking they were good for anything except that wonderful chocolaty goodness with the satisfying crunch. It turns out though that Blue M&M's are actually good for more than that. Scientists at the University Of Rochester have discovered that the dye used to make blue M&M's blue can possibly heal spinal injuries in humans.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the compound Brilliant Blue G blocks a chemical that kills healthy spinal cord cells around the damaged area. BBG not only reduced the size of the lesion but also improved the recovery of motor skills, the rodent tests showed.
Those treated with BBG were later able to walk, although with a limp. Rats that did not receive the BBG solution never regained the ability to walk.
The idea is that as long as an iv of this BBG is given within 15 minutes of the injury, someone may be able to recover from severe spinal injuries. The downside? Your skin turns bright blue for awhile. You know what? If it can save me from a severe spinal injury I am willing to be a shade of blue for awhile.