BENEFITS OF FASTING
*Mark Mattson, Chief of the Laboratory of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging. A professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University, and foremost researcher in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying multiple neurodegenerative disorders, like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease….
Fasting twice a week could significantly lower the risk of developing both
- Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease
- Calorie restriction (CR) extends life span and retards age-related chronic
- diseases in a variety of species, including rats, mice, fish, flies, worms, and yeast.
- Fasting does good things for the brain, and this is evident by all the beneficial neurochemical changes that happen in the brain when we fast. It
- also improves cognitive function increases neurotrophic factors, increases stress resistance, and reduces inflammation.
- Intermittent fasting enhances the ability of nerve cells to repair DNA
- Cycles of prolonged fasting protect against immune system damage and,
- moreover, induce immune system regeneration. This means that fasting kills off old and damaged immune cells, and when the body rebounds it uses stem cells to create brand new, completely healthy cells.
- 5:2 plan, you cut your food down to one-fourth of your normal daily calories on fasting days (about 600 calories for men and about 500 for women), while consuming plenty of water and tea. On the other five days of the week, you can eat normally.
The Scientist June 2017