The good news is that a fountain of youth really does exist. The bad news is, you have to starve yourself to drink from it.
The latest demonstration of the age-defying “caloric restriction” effect comes from a team of German neurologists who put elderly subjects on a severe diet. The subjects had to consume 30 percent fewer calories than normal, but after only three months, their performance on memory tests improved by nearly 20 percent. The scientists — who aren’t sure why starvation prevents age-related cognitive decline but are working to isolate the pertinent gene pathways — speculate that the relationship between caloric intake and cognition also applies to younger folks. So put down that sandwich today, and think more clearly tomorrow.
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