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Cutting Calories May Boost Your Memory

-Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC

According to the National Institute on Aging, eating in moderation and cutting calories on a daily basis may improve your memory later in life. Dr. Agnes Floel of the University of Munster, Germany published shocking results from a study on calorie consumption related to memory.

Her study documented 50 women, ranging in age from 50 to 80, all of whom were either normal weight or slightly overweight. Twenty were assigned to a calorie-cutting group, 20 increased consumption of unsaturated fatty acids, and 10 stuck continued their normal eating patterns.

The women who reduced their calorie intake by 30 percent for three months lost weight and improved their scores on a verbal memory tests by 20 percent. In contrast, the women who consumed more unsaturated fatty acids showed little to no improvement in their memories, nor did those in the control group.

Noted Jeffrey Keller, a professor who studies aging and metabolism at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, “It provides more evidence that what’s going on in the rest of the body, from inflammation to belly fat, can have major effects on the brain. It may very well be it’s the aging of the body that promotes the aging of the brain.”

So, I’m definitely not promoting that everyone stop eating altogether, or stop enjoying their favorite summer foods! Instead, I am suggesting a healthy moderation. Based on these new studies, it seems that being a little more calorie conscious could pay off in a big way later in life.

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