Another benefit from cutting back on calories!

by DavalosMcCormack on February 3, 2009

You can remember more!  Right!  If you cut back on your calorie intake you will be able to increase the volume of your memory!  Better yet the older you are the better your memory!  So you don’t want to take my word for it?  Well listen to this. The study, published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, appears to be the first to link calorie-restricted diets with improved memory in people. We always hear of studies that take animals and show an improvement, but what about people!  You know us!  You and I… will we see an improvement too?

Now, researchers have proved a link between a diet  and your memory.   A study published Monday has shown that caloric restriction (CR) definitely improves mental function in people.

Researchers from the University of Munster in Germany divided 50 normal and overweight adults with an average age of 60 years into three groups.  The first group  cut their normal daily caloric intake by 30 percent, group 2 increased their normal daily consumption of unsaturated fatty acids, such as those found in fish and olive oil, and the third group didn’t change their diets at all.

All the subjects underwent verbal and mental testing at the beginning of the study and were tested again after 3 months.  Those in group one with the 30% diet decrease showed marked mental improvement in verbal skills and memory. 

 One test score asked volunteers to look at and remember 15 different words.  It seems that verbal/word memory was the area most improved during the study. 

Other kinds of memory didn’t seem to be affected.  The other groups showed no improvement in verbal or cognitive thinking.

The science behind the study explains the phenomenon this way.  Due to the lower intake of calories the brain produces less insulin; researchers think because this seems to improve neuron function and reduce inflammatory activity in the brain, that it results in better verbal memory.

So you see!  Drop 30% of your calorie intake and create better ways for your brain to remember those pesky words and names you always seem to forget…

Think of it… you’ll no longer have to say, “You know that guy,  what’s his name?,  he was in that movie…uhm..what was it called?…oh you know who I mean…the guy that danced in the movie with…oh..what was her name ..”

Never again!

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