Research published in the June 5th issue of Cell Stem Cell by researchers from the University has shown that cycles of prolonged fasting helps protect against immune system damage and induce immune system regeneration.
The reason being that fasting changes stem cells from being in a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.
When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of the immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.
What we started noticing in both our human work and animal work is that the white blood cell count goes down with prolonged fasting. Then when you re-feed, the blood cells come back. ” – Valter Longo, corresponding author.
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It’s about reprogramming the body so it enters a slower aging mode, but also rejuvenating it through stem cell-based regeneration,” Longo said. “It’s not a typical diet because it isn’t something you need to stay on.
If the results remain as positive as the current ones, I believe this FMD will represent the first safe and effective intervention to promote positive changes associated with longevity and health span, which can be recommended by a physician. We will soon meet with FDA officers to pursue several FDA claims for disease prevention and treatment.