The latest research suggests that fasting stimulates cells to produce new white blood cells , which could help in the fight against infection.
also found that fasting can also help people with poor immune systems, including cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
Fasting is also beneficial for the elderly, as their immune system is weakened due to the aging process, so they are not able to fight disease, even common.
scientists explain that fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which kick-starts essential for the regeneration of the immune system stem cells to create new white blood cells,.
Valter Longo is a corresponding author of the study and also a professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. According to him, “when starving, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things you can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of immune system cells that are not needed, especially those that can be damaged. ”
Longo also said, “With a very damaged by chemotherapy or aging system, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”