If you want to boost your brain power, put down your fork.
According to a December, 2011 research study published in National Academy of Sciences Journal, there is a link between “energy metabolism and brain adaptation that is potentially relevant to accelerated brain aging by over-nutrition and diabetes.”
This means that overeating can result in more rapid aging and an accelerated loss of brain functioning. Overeating can also lead to mature-onset diabetes that accelerates oxidative stress on our brains.
The research, conducted in Italy, demonstrates that eating less turns on a molecule in the body that keeps the brain from aging as quickly.
The team of Italian researchers at the Catholic University of Sacred Heart in Rome discovered that this molecule, called CREB1, is triggered by low-calorie diets in the brains of lab animals. They found that this particular molecule, CREB1 activates specific genes that are linked to brain functioning and a longer life span.
There have been numerous studies that have demonstrated that obesity is bad for the brain and actually slows its functioning. This can lead to early “brain aging” which can be fertile ground for some diseases that older adults are susceptible to, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s syndrome. In comparison, the caloric restriction keeps the brain from aging and keeps our minds young!
“Our findings identify for the first time an important mediator of the effects of diet on the brain,” says researcher Giovambattista Pani.
“This discovery has important implications to develop future therapies to keep our brain young and prevent brain degeneration and the aging process. In addition, our study sheds light on the correlation among metabolic diseases as diabetes and obesity and the decline in cognitive activities.”
With this important information coming to light, it makes sense for all of us to consider reducing our caloric intake each day, this will not only assist with weight control, but will also help reduce aging and prevention of mature onset diabetes!
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Source: The Daily Telegraph
- Dr. Georgianna Donadio
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