• Study: High-Fat Diet Can Postpone Brain Aging

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    New research shows that mice can delay aging with a high-fat diet, a finding that can possibly lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, as well as premature aging in children. As we get older, defects begin to develop in our nervous system and our brain loses some of its intellectual capacity. This is because the repair system of our cells – which aims to prevent DNA damage – ceases to function, increasing the risk for developing diseases like Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, which 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 Alzheimer's, the researchers also see damage to the DNA

    Fat putting a stop to premature aging

    “The study is good news for children with Cockayne syndrome, because we do not currently have an effective treatment. 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. The findings therefore potentially imply that patients with Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in the long term may benefit from the new knowledge,” says Professor Vilhelm Bohr from the Center for Healthy Aging, University of Copenhagen and the National Institute of Health, …

    The researchers saw a positive effect when the mice were given medium chain fatty acids, in this case, from coconut oil.

    Cells in our body work to repair damage to DNA but this function is hampered as the body ages. As the body ages, the cells are constantly active in the repair mechanism, causing the cells in turn to age very quickly. This is when a high content of coconut oil delivers extra fuel and helps the cells, said post-doctoral student Morten Scheibye-Knudsen from the National Institute of Health. The study has been published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

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