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Benefits of Fasting according to Scientific Studies

Research by exercise scientists has found that a balanced, protein-pacing, low-calorie diet that includes intermittent fasting not only achieves long-term weight loss, but also helps release toxins in the form of PCBs from the body fat stores, in addition to enhancing heart health and reducing oxidative stress.

New therapeutic approaches are needed to treat leukemia effectively. Dietary restriction regimens, including fasting, have been considered for the prevention and treatment of certain solid tumor types.

https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.4252

They found that intermittent fasting caused a slight increase to SIRT 3, a well-known gene that promotes longevity and is involved in protective cell responses.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/02/150227112508.htm

Research by exercise scientists has found that a balanced, protein-pacing, low-calorie diet that includes intermittent fasting not only achieves long-term weight loss, but also helps release toxins in the form of PCBs from the body fat stores, in addition to enhancing heart health and reducing oxidative stress.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/01/170111184102.htm

Intermittent fasting may help those with diabetes and cardiovascular disease, study suggests.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130426115456.htm

Fasting may benefit patients with epilepsy.

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/study_fasting_may_benefit_patients_with_epilepsy

Fasting-like diet turns the immune system against cancer

A fasting-like diet with chemotherapy strips away the guard that protects breast cancer and skin cancer cells from the immune system.

https://news.usc.edu/103972/fasting-like-diet-turns-the-immune-system-against-cancer/

Fasting-mimicking diet may reverse diabetes.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170223124259.htm

Fasting weakens cancer in mice.

The study in Science Translational Medicine, part of the Science family of journals, found that five out of eight cancer types in mice responded to fasting alone: Just as with chemotherapy, fasting slowed the growth and spread of tumors.

https://news.usc.edu/29428/fasting-weakens-cancer-in-mice/

Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system.

In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study in the June 5 issue of the Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.

https://news.usc.edu/63669/fasting-triggers-stem-cell-regeneration-of-damaged-old-immune-system/

Fasting and less-toxic cancer drug may work as well as chemotherapy.

Fasting in combination with chemotherapy has already been shown to kill cancer cells, but a pair of new studies in mice suggests that a less-toxic class of drugs combined with fasting may kill breast, colorectal and lung cancer cells equally well.

https://news.usc.edu/78953/fasting-and-less-toxic-cancer-drug-could-be-alternative-to-chemotherapy/

Fasting-like diet reduces multiple sclerosis symptoms.

A mouse study, followed by a human study, indicates that the fasting-mimicking diet holds promise as a treatment for autoimmune diseases. A fasting-like diet switches on a process in which body kills bad cells, begins to generate new healthy ones, report scientists.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/05/160526151941.htm

Scientifically-designed fasting diet lowers risks for major diseases.

Results of a randomized clinical trial shows a periodic, five-day fasting diet designed by a esearcher safely reduced the risk factors for heart disease, cancer, diabetes and other age-related diseases.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/02/170216103923.htm

Fasting for longevity

Dietary restriction can extend lifespan in various species. In mammals, intermittent fasting can also extend lifespan and reduce the incidence of age-related disorders, even when there is little or no decrease in calorie intake.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2884086/

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