Consuming low-calorie foods can have a protective effect against certain diseases, as the number of calories that a person eats directly has an influence Researchers say the performance of different cells.
The study in mice showed that a low-calorie diet can protect the brain from neuronal cell death associated with diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, epilepsy and cerebral vascular accidents (CVA).
"We are studying how dietary changes affect metabolism and how likely it is that aging-related diseases are occurring," said Alicia Kowaltowski, a professor at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.
For In the study presented at FAPESP Week in London, which took place on February 11 and 13, the research team divided the mice into two groups.
They calculated the average number of calories the group would eat without calorie restriction, and then fed the two 40% fewer calories in the group.  After 14 weeks, mice of the two groups received an injection containing a substance known to cause seizures, damage and neuronal cell death.