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

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

The research team found that when the human body is starving, there are two types of chemical communication molecules in the brain that increase, and these chemical molecules stimulate the nerves in the brain to start proliferating. “Just as exercise puts pressure on the muscles, there is a mild stress on the brain when you starve, and that stress is good for the brain as a whole.” This is Mark Mattson, director of the Neuroscience Laboratory at the Aging Institute. Arguments presented by professors at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) meeting.

Dieting delays brain disease

In fact, some previous studies have supported the argument of dieting for health. One study found that proper dieting can increase the lifespan of mice by 40%, and a similar effect occurs in humans. But this study went a step further, finding that the reason why dieting increases lifespan is to delay the onset of diseases, such as strokes.

How should you eat during this period of fasting? Mattson said,
500 calories a day is enough, about a few servings of vegetables plus tea,He said:"
Not eating at all is not the best approach, but intermittent fasting should be, which means that you hardly eat anything in a short period of time, and do not particularly regulate yourself at other times. In doing so, Mattson emphasizes, finding the best "time point" for fasting becomes very important throughout the course of treatment.

hunger=crisis
Brain potential stimulated

The research team also put forward an evolutionary point of view: "When food became scarce, the ancestors of mankind 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 did everything possible to protect themselves from others. The beasts eat it." However, if there are elderly people with chronic or serious illnesses at home, 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 medical condition are different, so don’t take action rashly until you have enough information.



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