U.S. study: occasional fasting can fight dementia!

[Good morning health / Chen Yuwen]According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA) report, if the elderly only consume 500 calories for 1-2 days a week, it can promote the secretion of a chemical molecule in the brain , a molecule that stimulates nerve growth and helps fight brain degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

The research team found that when the human body is starving, there are two kinds of chemical communication molecules in the brain will increase, and these chemical molecules will stimulate the brain nerves to start a large number of proliferation. “Just like exercise puts stress on the muscles, starvation puts a slight strain on the brain, and this stress is good for the brain as a whole.” This is Mark Mattson, director of the Neuroscience Research Unit at the Institute for Aging. Argument presented by professor at American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting.


Dieting delays onset of brain disease

In fact, some previous studies have supported the argument that dieting is for health. Some studies have found that proper dieting can increase the lifespan of mice by 40%, and similar effects also occur in humans. But this study took it a step further. They found that the reason why dieting prolongs life is to delay the onset of diseases, such as stroke.

During this period of fasting, how should I eat? Mattson said,
A daily intake of 500 calories is enough, which is about a few servings of vegetables plus tea,He says:"
Not eating at all is not the best way, instead fasting intermittently, which means that you hardly eat anything in a short period of time, and do not particularly regulate yourself at other times. In this way, Mattson emphasizes, finding the best fasting "time point" becomes very important throughout the regimen.

hunger=crisis
The potential of the brain is stimulated

The research team also put forward an evolutionary point of view: "When food became scarce, the ancestors of human beings had to rack their brains to find food to survive. They had to think hard about where there might be food, and at the same time tried every means to protect themselves from being eaten by others. Be eaten by wild animals.” However, if there are elderly people suffering from chronic diseases or serious diseases in the family, it is still necessary to go to the hospital for nutritional consultation to learn how to eat the best. After all, everyone's physical condition and disease condition are different. Before fully grasping the information, don't take action rashly.



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