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Calorie restriction reduces Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology in monkeys
A report accepted for publication in the November, 2006 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease describes the discovery of Giulio Maria Pasinetti, MD, PhD, of Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and colleagues that calorie restriction (CR), a technique known to extend life and delay disease in a number of species, helps protect squirrel monkeys from the development of amyloid neuropathology that is characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The research is significant because of the genetic similarities of nonhuman primates such as squirrel monkeys to humans.
In earlier research published in the August 2, 2006 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Dr Pasinetti’s team identified SIRT1 activation in the brain as a mechanism by which calorie restriction is able to protect against Alzheimer’s disease-type neuropathology in mice. SIRT1 is a member of a family of genes and their proteins known as sirtuins that have been identified as regulators in the life extending effects of calorie restriction.
In collaboration with Dr. Donald Ingram at the Laboratory of Experimental Gerontology at the National Institute on Aging, Dr Pasinetti gave monkeys in the current study calorie restricted or normal diets until the animals died of natural causes. They found that reducing calories by 30 percent resulted in increased longevity and a reduction in Alzheimer-type amyloid neuropathy in the brain’s frontal cortex compared to monkeys fed non-restricted diets.
"The present study strengthens the possibility that CR may exert beneficial effects on delaying the onset of AD- amyloid brain neuropathology in humans, similar to that observed in squirrel monkey and rodent models of AD," stated Dr Pasinetti, who is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and Director of the Neuroinflammation Research Center at Mount Sinai. "This new breakthrough brings great anticipation for further human study of caloric restriction, for AD investigators and for those physicians who treat millions of people suffering with this disease. The findings offer a glimmer of hope that there may someday be a way to prevent and stop this devastating disease in its tracks."
Calorie restriction for improved health and longer life
The Life Extension Foundation suggests that you reduce calories by eating plenty of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, soluble fiber, and lean protein.
Before each meal, take one of the following:
- 8 to 9 grams (g) of Enhanced Fiber Food Powder (flavored or unflavored)
- 8 to 9 g of high lignan flaxseed powder
- 3 to 6 capsules of PGX soluble fiber blend
With each meal, take one to four capsules of Super Digestive Enzymes to ensure efficient absorption of nutrients.
Supplement with the following nutrients:
Enhanced Fiber Food Powder
Enhanced Fiber Food Powder provides natural, bulk-producing soluble fiber. These fibers help maintain healthy bowel function and help to maintain cholesterol levels that are already within the normal range. Enhanced Fiber Food Powder helps clean the walls of the intestines and enhances the elimination of unwanted fecal byproducts.
By taking these soluble fibers before meals, one can often achieve earlier satiety, thereby reducing one’s calorie intake.
Lignans are natural phytochemicals. Hi-Lignan® Nutri-Flax® is the true high lignan product with an amazing 43 mg of lignans per serving. Scientific research has shown lignans to have numerous health benefits for men and women:
- High in dietary fiber, containing both soluble and insoluble fiber
- Good source of plant-derived omega-3 fatty acids
- Very low sodium content
- Potassium to sodium ratio of 17:1
- Preserves nature’s balance of crucial electrolytes
Life Extension magazine, September, 2006 -
Ask the doctor: Fiber's critical role in preventing cardiovascular disease, by Steven A. Schnur, MD
To help my patients lose weight and reduce their risk of heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer, I developed a program called the Reality Diet, which promotes cardiovascular health and weight loss through a high-fiber diet and exercise. Why high fiber? My research and clinical experience indicate that fiber is the single best predictor of success when it comes to weight loss.
First and foremost, fiber promotes satiety—in other words, it makes you feel satisfied, or full.14 Satiety is one of the keys to successful weight loss, because no matter how much willpower you have, if your stomach is growling and you pass a Dunkin’ Donuts, you will be hard pressed to resist.