Calorie-Restricted Diet can Stop Brains from Aging

According to Italian scientists, eating less may help keep your mind young. Scientists have discovered the molecular process by which a strict diet may save the brain from the aging process.

The research, published in the US journal the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, is based on a study of mice that were fed a diet of about 70 percent of the food they normally consumed. Researchers discovered that a calorie-restricted diet triggered a protein molecule, CREB1, that activates a host of genes linked to longevity and brain function. In addition, the findings could shed new light on why some people who are obese in middle age encounter cognitive problems (dementia) later in life.

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