January 08, 2012
...help promote good health.
Scientists at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Sweden reporting in the European journal AGE provide the unanimous results: four independent studies demonstrate this style of eating not only lowers the risk from many chronic and potentially fatal diseases, but actually also extends healthy lifespan in aging adults.
A separate research body appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) explains that calorie restriction or consuming about twenty-five percent fewer calories each day, turns on a molecule that helps the brain stay young.
Extrapolating the results of both
studies suggests that following a Mediterranean diet with fewer
calories may provide a valuable key to preserving memory, lowering
risk of serious illness and extending a healthy life span.
The intent was to confirm the positive
results suggested by a myriad of studies over the past decade that
found a diet low in animal meats and high in fresh vegetables and
monounsaturated fats can improve health and extend lifespan.
The study leader, Dr. Gianluca Tognon, commented:
Three additional studies awaiting publication support these results.
Dr. Tognon concluded:
An independent study found that overeating may cause brain aging while eating less turns on a molecule that helps the brain stay young.
Italian researchers demonstrated that a
molecule called CREB1 is triggered by a calorie restricted diet and
activates many genes linked to longevity and to the proper
functioning of the brain. Calorie restriction is defined as eating
25 to 30 percent less than normal while maintaining optimal
Compiling the available scientific
evidence shines a critical light on how the type of food we consume
(Mediterranean diet) and the quantity (Calorie Restriction with
Optimal Nutrition) can help prevent premature brain aging and lower
the risk of cognitive decline as we age.