Eating fewer calories may help prevent the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, researchers reported.
A study in mice suggests a lower-calorie diet can help trigger the production of a protein that protects the brain from the disease, said researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
In the study, the mice in one group were permitted to eat as they wanted, while the other group of mice was fed only 70 percent of that amount.
When the animals were killed six months later, researchers discovered the brains of the calorie-restricted mice held significantly higher levels of an anti-aging protein, SIRT1, the researchers reported in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.
That protein has been shown to curtail and reverse the production of plaque in the brain, a typical symptom of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers have found the protein can also enhance the function of a patient's metabolism, kidneys and liver.
"The real message is that, in an animal model of Alzheimer's disease, caloric restriction led to the elevation of molecules that are associated with longevity and good health," said Dr. Giulio Pasinetti, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience who led the study.
"This may be the reason why caloric restriction may work to prevent Alzheimer's disease."
The Mount Sinai study confirms other research that has found a relationship between what and how much people eat and risk for the disease in general.
"The same things that we know are good for your body -- particularly your vascular system -- are all part of maintaining healthy brain function," said Dr. Bill Thies, a staff pharmacologist at the Alzheimer's Association.
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Dr. Keith & Laurie Nemec's comments on eating less reduces Alzheimer's symptoms in mice.
In this study, that was published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, it showed that when mice were permitted to eat as much as they wanted, as opposed to the other group which was fed only 70% of that amount, that the animals on the calorie restricted diet had a significantly higher levels of anti aging protein called SRIT1. This protein had been shown to reverse the production of plague in the brain, which is typical in the symptoms of Alzheimer Disease. It also showed that this protein enhances the function of metabolism, kidneys and liver. This is yet another study confirming the power of calorie restriction. Not only increasing longevity, being the only proven mechanism to increase longevity, but also decreasing the formation of all disease in the body whether life threatening disease or not. So what will calorie restriction do for you? It will decrease inflammation in the body and inflammation is the root of all disease. So, not only does it do this for Alzheimer's, but also will decrease cancer, diabetes, heart disase, autoimmune disease, all diseases will be decreased when you adopt a calorie restriction lifestyle. And this still goes into the 7 Basic Step. As you live the 7 Basic Step lifestyle you will live the life that God has called you to live. Calorie restriction is the only method that has been proved to increase longevity, but health and healing is not about doing one of the 7 Basic Steps, but all 7 of them, then not only can you increase your longevity, but you can increase not only the number of years, but the life in those years. What is important in life is to live life fully in each and every moment and when one adopts the 7 Basics Steps to Total Health lifestyle, this is exactly what happens. The7 Basic Steps to Total Health(TM) are:
1. Air--you are not deep diaphragm breathing to oxygenate your body.
2. Water--you are not drinking 32 ounces of distilled water per 50/lbs per body weight per day.
3. Food--you are not consuming a diet of living/raw plant food which has the highest energy, bioelectricity, enzymes and bioavailable nutrient content to either maintain or restore your health.
4. Sleep--you are not sleeping 9.5 hours with 3.5 of them before midnight.
5. Exercise--you are not exercising 30 minutes every day.
6. Fasting--you are not fasting from the normal Standard American Diet (SAD).
7. Prayer--you are taking the time throughout your day to regularly still your mind so you can hear the voice of God spoken into your heart.
Something to contemplate is this, when we see that calorie restriction is the only proven mechanism to increase longevity, we go back to basics how did God design mankind to live? Well He designed mankind to of course exercise. He designed mankind to eat a living/ raw plant diet. He designed mankind to go to bed when the sun goes down and wake up when the sun comes up. He designed mankind to drink water. He designed mankind to breathe the breath of life, His breath fully. He designed mankind to be able to fast, which not only is a form of calorie restriction but in fasting one would detox the body of any accumulative waste products. And He designed the body, mind, emotions, spirit complex to be still and know Him. To live a life of prayer, listening to His voice spoken into their hearts. When you live this life, this 7 Basic Steps to Total Health lifestyle, you will age less rapidly, you will live a much higher quality of life and you will transform more into all that He is created you to be in body, mind and spirit.