A high-fat diet, after all, is not that bad. Latest research suggests that it can help delay the ageing process and brain ageing.
The groundbreaking discovery is expected to help children affected with premature ageing and treat neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.
“Our study suggests that a high-fat diet can postpone aging processes. A diet high in fat also seems to postpone the aging of the brain,” lead researcher Professor Vilhelm Bohr from the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen and the National Institute of Health, said in a news release.
It's a system in the human cells that protects the DNA and repairs the damages caused to it. The repair system becomes less efficient as people become aged.
New research suggests that signs of brain ageing can be delayed through higher intake of medium chain fatty acids, such as those found in coconut oil.
In the long term, say the Danish researchers, this opens the possibility of treatment of children suffering from premature ageing and patients with Alzheimers and Parkinsons disease.
When we get older, defects begin to develop in our nervous system, our brain loses some of its intellectual capacity, and the risk of developing diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers increases. Alzheimers disease is currently the fastest-growing age-related disease.
Throughout our lives, it is important that our cells to the extent possible keep our DNA undamaged, and, therefore, the cells have a system that repairs the damage that occurs all the time. Humans age when the repair system ceases to function. In diseases such as Alzheimers, the researchers also see damage to the DNA
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Children with Cockayne syndrome may also benefit, study authors say, citing earlier work on young patients suffering with the disease that causes of premature aging. These children age faster because their cells repair mechanisms are constantly active and therefore eating away at the cells resources. They hypothesize that switching these patients to a high-medium chain fatty acid diet may stave off the rapid aging effects of the syndrome.
“We have previously demonstrated that aging [in children with Cockayne syndrome] is a result of the cell repair mechanism being constantly active,” said postdoc Morten Scheibye-Knudsen from the National Institute of Health. “We therefore hope that a diet with a high content of coconut oil or similar fats will have a beneficial effect, because the brain cells are given extra fuel and thus the strength to repair the damage.”
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