Monday, October 13, 2008

Fasting - Starving Cells Prolongs Life

More potential benefits from intermittent fasting. I am not going to pretend to understand the science behind this one!

Cellular damage due to stress is an important factor in ageing processes. It is, thus, amazing that starving, which is a stress factor per se, decelerates ageing processes and extends the lifespan of organisms. It has long been known that proteins from the sirtuin family contribute to this mechanism. To date, the exact function of the seven members of the sirtuin family in mammals has, however, not yet been clarified.

Read more here. The abstract is here

If you are interested in more on fasting as ever I'd recommend Brad Pillon's book Eat Stop Eat. You will certainly find it more understandable! Modern Forager's series What happens to your Body when you Fast is also worth checking out.


Patri Friedman said...

having read fast5, warrior diet, eat stop eat, and Johnson's up-day down-day, I found the latter book the best on IF. It had the most science behind it. I wouldn't read it to the exclusion of the other books, but I'd read it first.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS said...

Interesting stuff. I'm a big fan of ESE.


Chris said...

Craig! thanks for the comment. I really like Brad's work too. I also recommend Turbulence Training to people looking for a decent programme

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