Alternate Fasting Helps Live Longer
A recent US study has revealed that alternate days fasting in a week helps a person live longer. A group of researchers from the National Institute on Ageing in Baltimore, America, unveiled the fact after conducting the study on animals and humans.
Prof. Mark Mattson, who is the head of the institute's laboratory of neurosciences, told that it is a not an unknown reality that fasting is good for health. Taking a break from eating even once a week is quite beneficial and it gives rest to the immune system.
"We have found that dietary energy restriction, particularly when administered in intermittent bouts of major caloric restriction, such as alternative-day fasting, activates cellular stress response pathways in neurones”, said Mattson.
The study, which is going to be presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, was taken out on mice and then on humans. In the mice experiment, they were fed with the food which has minimum calories and were sufficient enough to keep them alive.
After assessing them for a few days, it has been found that their immune systems have become stronger which has helped them to live longer. Same thing was also seen in the case of humans and it was noticed that the fasting helped to protect their heart, other chronic diseases such as circulatory system and brain against age-related diseases like Alzheimer’s disease.
The study researchers have concluded that cutting calories is beneficial for health and most importantly for brain. Mattson recommended that one should try to go on fasting on alternative days. Explaining the fasting method, Mattson told that one should consume things which have minimum calories on the days of fast.
It is not that one has to keep his mouth shut for whole day, but have very light food and its effects will soon be evident, said Mattson.
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