Consuming low-calorie food may have a protective effect against some diseases as the number of calories a person eats directly influences the performance of various cells.

The study on mice showed that a low-calorie diet can protect the brain from neuronal cell death associated with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy and cerebral vascular accident (CVA).

For the study, presented at FAPESP Week London, taking place on February 11-13, the research team divided mice into two groups.

They calculated the average number of calories the group with no caloric restrictions would eat and then fed the other group 40 per cent fewer calories.

After 14 weeks, mice belonging to the two groups were given an injection containing a substance known to cause seizures, damage and neuronal cell death.

The researchers found that while those in the group that had no dietary restrictions had seizures, those whose calories were restricted did not.

FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR DR GOVIND SHUKLA, NUTRITION EXPERT

Govind Shukla, Specializes in Pharmacology, Toxicology, Nutraceuticals & Herbal Drugs has published More than 100 research papers in National & International Journals. He is also a reviewer of International Journal of Pharmacology & pharmacotherapeutics, Chief editor of IJPNR Journal & Freelance Medical Writer for Different publication Groups including Lambert Academic Publishing Saarbrucken, Germany.

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