A new study University of Southern California reports results that periodic fasting can be able to trigger “stop cell-based regeneration of an organ or system.”
Fasting for periods of two to four days at a time in the course of six months showed that decreases the number of white blood cells in both mice and humans, and in mice, which seemed to have ” a regenerative switch flipped. “
mice fasted showed” slow cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system. ”
The “hematopoietic system” is the system that is responsible for the generation of the blood and immune system.
In other words, scientific showed a connection between cycles of fasting that 1) protected against damage to the immune system by reducing the number of white blood cells, and 2) appeared to boost regeneration in the immune system.
Ultimately, this could have a significant effect on quality of life as we age. It is the weakened immune system makes us more susceptible to disease as we age. A method regenerates the immune system can lead to a more healthy aging.
However, the study has even more immediate implications. It may indicate a more beneficial treatment of autoimmune disorders and can provide immediate help for patients who must undergo chemotherapy or other treatments that weaken your immune system.
Despite the evidence of regeneration was found in mice, the study also reports a study in humans:
The human trial showed that a small group of patients who fasted for a period of 72 hours before chemotherapy experienced less adverse effects of chemotherapy than patients who did not fast.
According to Science Daily Dorff, one of the authors of the study said that trials are promising.
“While chemotherapy saves lives, causes significant for the immune system collateral damage. The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some of the harmful effects of chemotherapy. Further studies are needed clinical, and any dietary intervention should be carried out only under the supervision of a doctor. ”
Meanwhile, it seems that, for healthy people, a day of occasional fasting can not be a bad idea.