Calorie Restriction Proves Beneficial

Clinical Sciences at Pennington Biomedical Research in Baton Rouge, LA just published a study in the journal Cell Metabolism, the study has observed restricting calories intake slows down aging.

In the study, after participants cut caloric intake by 15% for 2 years, researchers have found that aging and metabolism of participants were slowed, and systemic oxidative stress was decreased.  Systemic oxidative stress is tied to age-related neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as cancer, diabetes, and others.

How does this happen? The lead researcher explained this way.

“Restricting calories can slow your basal metabolism, and if by-products of metabolism accelerate aging processes, calorie restriction sustained over several years may help to decrease risk for chronic disease and prolong life.”  “We found that even people who are already healthy and lean may benefit from a calorie restriction regimen.”

Those in the calorie restriction group lost an average of almost 9 kg, although weight loss was not the study’s goal. No adverse effects, such as anemia, excessive bone loss, or menstrual disorders were noted.

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