Fasting as little as eight days a year could have significant anti-aging benefits, even for older people and cancer patients.
“When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it does is recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged,” said study author Dr. Valter Longo, a professor of gerontology.
Fasting for an entire day or two at a time can be extremely difficult for most people, but studies show you can reap the anti-aging (and weight loss) benefits of calorie restriction through intermittent fasting, which calls for alternating days of feeding and fasting.
IF proponents say periodically skipping meals accelerates weight loss by reducing digestion-related blood sugar spikes. Research also shows intermittent fasting can protect brain health and slow down aging by limiting the oxidative and metabolic stresses that damage cells, the Wall Street Journal reported. Get more info Via examiner.com