Eating in Moderation Boosts the Memory
Eating in Moderation Boosts the Memory
The latest nutrition research affirms that eating in moderation is the best method for having a strong memory and this is what the teachings of Islam taught us long decades ago. Let’s read…
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A recent study affirms that eating fewer calories means a better memory for this study says that reducing the number of calories might help old people boost their memory. A recent scientific study has found that eating fewer calories is extremely significant to boost man’s memory, especially old people.
Researchers at the University of Munster in Germany has found that the participants in the study of both genders who followed a low-calorie diet exhibited the best performance in verbal memory tests as compared to others who didn’t follow the same diet.
Veronica Witt along with the research team of the university said that the results were the first scientific evidence to show that eating fewer calories helps boost the memory of adults. A previous study that was conducted on animals had also shown that following a low-calorie diet as well as another diet that’s rich in “healthy” fats protects the brain from the symptoms of aging.
The study which lasted for three months included 50 overweight men and women whose average age is around 60 years old. The participants were divided into three groups:
- The first group was restricted to a 30% calorie diet.
The second group’s diet depended on more unsaturated fatty acids such as olive oil and certain types of fish.
The third group didn’t follow any particular diet and was referred to as the “control” group.
Three months later, the first group exhibited an obvious improvement in a verbal memory test as well as the ability to recall words, unlike the second and third groups whose participants showed no memory improvement what so ever.
Researchers say that the current results might help develop new preventive strategies and treatments to protect the brain and memory health when getting old. This study follows another study according to which researchers have found that diets that depend on avoiding foods that are rich in carbohydrates might result in depriving the brain of the required energy to perform its tasks properly.
The study that included women between 22- 55 years old has shown that women who followed a diet that’s low in foods that are rich in carbohydrates such as bread, potatoes, and macaroni suffered from weakness in their memory just one week after following such diet.
What does this diet mean to us as Muslims?
We can conclude from this study as well as other studies conducted by nutritionists that eating in moderation is the best method for exaggeration of starvation weakens the memory, but at the same time overeating also weakens the memory, so what’s the solution?
Listen to the following Qur’anic verse that specifies the right diet for Allah, The Almighty commands us to enjoy the foods and beverages He granted us provided that we don’t waste or eat huge quantities of food; Allah says in the Holy Qur’an:
O children of Adam, take your adornment at every masjid, and eat and drink, but be not excessive. Indeed, He likes not those who commit excess.
As for those who follow a severe diet and starve preventing themselves from moderate diets, scientists assert that such diets have serious consequences such as low immunity, weak memory, and psychological disorders. Allah, therefore, says in the Holy Qur’an:
Say, “Who has forbidden the adornment of Allah which He has produced for His servants and the good [lawful] things of provision?” Say, “They are for those who believe during the worldly life [but] exclusively for them on the Day of Resurrection.” Thus do We detail the verses for a people who know.
The verse that follows is:
Say, “My Lord has only forbidden immoralities – what is apparent of them and what is concealed – and sin, and oppression without right, and that you associate with Allah that for which He has not sent down authority, and that you say about Allah that which you do not know.”
Dear brothers and sisters, let’s contemplate this balanced and moderate system in which Islam came with 14 centuries ago. When a man commits shameful deeds, disbelieves in God, and announces shameful deeds, it’s considered the worst kind of excessiveness and exaggeration.
If we have a look at the average of violence, suicide, crimes, rape, etc. we’ll notice that such an average is very high in pornographic communities. Islam, therefore, commands us to be moderate and balanced in every aspect of our life including food, drinks, dealings, and relationships, and morals.
Allah prohibits adultery but permits marriage; prohibits interest and usury but permits trade; prohibits waste and extravagance in eating as well as in anything else but permits moderation and balance and Islam, therefore, is a balance. Allah, The Exalted says in the Holy Qur’an:
And thus we have made you a just community that you will be witnesses over the people and the Messenger will be a witness over you. And We did not make the qiblah which you used to face except that We might make evident who would follow the Messenger from who would turn back on his heels. And indeed, it is difficult except for those whom Allah has guided. And never would Allah have caused you to lose your faith. Indeed Allah is, to the people, Kind and Merciful.
By: Abduldaem Al-Kaheel