In one experiment with mice that were placed on a high fat diet, it looks to fight off with all those symptoms of aging that affect the brain.
The mice had an irregularity in their DNA repair system. This defect in humans causes the disorder Cockayne syndrome, where the patients prematurely age as kids and die at an age of 10 to 12 years.
Scientists claim that these results can open the opportunity of treating kids that are aging prematurely, and also the adults with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Vilhelm Bohr, the study leader and professor from the National Institute of Health and from the Center for Healthy Aging at the University of Copenhagen, said that this study is an excellent news for children with Cockayne symptoms, because they currently have an effective treatment. Their study claims that a high fat diet can postpone the aging processes. Also, this diet high in fat also looks to postpone the aging of the brain. The researches therefore potentially indicate that patients with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease in the long term may have a benefit from this new knowledge.
More fuel for the brain cells
Our brain constantly needs fuel in the form of either so-called ketones or sugar. Ketones are the fuel reserve of the brain, and they play an important role in those periods of low blood sugar levels if you are fasting.
This happens because the body breaks down fat and it needs sugar, and it produces ketones during this process.
Morten Scheibye-Knudsen from the National Institute of Health said that in cells from children that have Cockayne syndrome, they have previously shown that aging is because of the cell repair mechanism that is constantly active. It causes the cell to age very fast and it eats into the resources.
They therefore hop that this diet with a high consumption of coconut oil or some similar fats will have a positive effect, because the brain cells will get an extra fuel and they will strength to repair the damage.