Scientific evidence that taking a break from food increases brain health.
Acute Fasting Regulates Retrograde Synaptic Enhancement through a 4E-BP-Dependent Mechanism
Food Process’s Translation: What might fasting do for our cells that may benefit us in the long term? Simply put, acute or short bursts of fasting (“acute” here means a few hours in fruit flies) results in a reduction of cell communication. That sounds like a bad thing. But the thing is that with a reduction in neurotransmitter release, the brain has an opportunity to “clean up” itself by limiting unwanted damage. For individuals at risk for disease that involve neurodegeneration, such as Alzheimer’s, this could have significant value.
So, the next time you’re considering a fast to cleanse your system, think beyond your G.I. tract. Your brain cells will benefit, too!
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