Fast Series Part 5: Reversing the Aging Process Through Fasting
Fasting and Anti-Aging - What’s the Correlation?
“Recent aging studies have shown that caloric restriction and fasting have a prolonging effect on lifespan in model animals, but the detailed mechanism has remained a mystery,” says Dr. Takayuki Teruya, first author of the paper and a technician in the OIST G0 Cell Unit led by Professor Mitsuhiro Yanagida.
- A study from Japan showed that not only does fasting speed up metabolism, it may also reverse the aging process.
- The study on ‘what exactly happens when the body goes without food’ was taken on four subjects by researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) and Kyoto University. They found that during fasting, 44 substances in the body increase and many of them are connected to health benefits.
- Three of the metabolites - leucine, isoleucine, and ophthalmic acid - have been shown to lower as a person ages. In those who had fasted, those metabolites increased suggesting fasting might increase molecules that help people live longer. Dr Takayuki Teruya said, “These are very important metabolites for maintenance of muscle and antioxidant activity, respectively. This result suggests the possibility of a rejuvenating effect by fasting, which was not known until now.”
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