I respect Laurence Gardner for publishing his research on mentrual fluid. I can imagine the ridicule (not to mention the disgust) that must have been directed toward him. When one seriously tries to make sense of the ancient world, they are inevitably made into a fool, at least in modern eyes.
Although the taking of "nutritional supplements" must have had some health and perceptual benefits, it does not seem to have increased the life span beyond about 70 years in the dynastic period. But perhaps there were other factors that negated the effects of elixers. For example, liver disease from life-long alcohol consumption.
By the way, I've noticed that it is now possible to buy "Gardner Bread":
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