Fast Series Part 6: Reducing Inflammation Through Fasting
Reducing Inflammation Through Fasting
How Does Fasting Provide Inflammation Relief?
"Caloric restriction is known to improve inflammatory and autoimmune diseases" - Miriam Merad, MD, Ph.D., Director of the Precision Immunology Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
This study by Mount Sinai researchers found that fasting reduces inflammation and improves chronic inflammatory diseases without affecting the immune system's response to acute infections.
Summary of their findings on reducing inflammation through fasting:
Acute inflammation is a normal immune process that helps fight off infections. Chronic inflammation, long term or uncontrolled inflammation can have serious consequences for our health including heart disease, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel diseases.
Intermittent fasting reduced the release of pro-inflammatory cells called ‘monocytes’ in blood circulation. During periods of fasting these cells go into ‘sleep mode’ and are less inflammatory than monocytes found in those who were in a fed state.
"Monocytes are highly inflammatory immune cells that can cause serious tissue damage, and the population has seen an increasing amount in their blood circulation as a result of eating habits that humans have acquired in recent centuries," said Dr. Merad.
"Considering the broad spectrum of diseases that are caused by chronic inflammation and the increasing number of patients affected by these diseases, there is an enormous potential in investigating the anti-inflammatory effects of fasting," - Stefan Jordan, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
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