Calories vs Alzheimer: how to save brain having changed your diet

Calories vs Alzheimer: how to save brain having changed your diet

Dietary restrictions help to reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

The team of researchers from Los Angeles have published an article in Cell Metabolism Journal, in which they state that reduction in caloric intake by 15% within two years significantly reduces the risk of many age-related diseases.

Thus, if you have reduced the “dosage” of your calories by 15% and have maintained such diet within two years, it is much likely that you will have no Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s diseases at an advanced age. The second phase of multi-year study CALERIE (Comprehensive Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Reducing Intake of Energy) involved 53 persons aged 21 to 50 with no signs of obesity.

Prior to the commencement of the study, curious researchers made accurate calculation of calorie intake reduction needed for each of the “testees”. By doing so, they have used one of the most precise methods – mass spectrometry (“weighing” of molecules in the collected sample).

As a result, people who participated in two-year long experiment, lost an average of 8 kilograms, although weight loss was a pleasant side effect rather than the goal itself.

If a person keeps such a diet, there is a possibility that a person will to be taken ill of anemia, irregular periods, and other disorders, however, “testees” seemed like were doing pretty well. What is more, the experiment not merely contributed to a good mood and well-being of participants.

Researchers concluded that slowed metabolism caused by reduced caloric intake, leads to decreased production of free radicals that may cause damage to lipids, proteins, and DNA. Consequently, the risk of many chronic diseases (atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other age-related diseases) decreases.

Thus far, results of the study may be treated as intermediary. After all, two years on the scale of whole human life – that doesn’t sound like a lot.