Intermittent fasting has become quite popular as a way to lose weight. And now a new study has found it may not only boost your metabolism but also fight aging.
Now we’ve heard before that Intermittent fasting can help people lose weight and possibly help them live longer too. That’s not new. But this recent study that was published in the journal Scientific Reports has uncovered previously unknown effects of fasting.
So here’s what happened in this study. Researchers had four people fast for 58 hours. They took blood samples from each subject and analyzed them, looking at plasma, red blood cells and any changes to the levels of metabolites. Metabolites are any substance produced during metabolism. And what the researchers found was, 44 metabolites had increased during fasting. Of these 44, only 14 were linked prior. Which means 30 were previously unrecognized. And what was interesting, was that some of these metabolites increased 60-fold in all four subjects. Typically with age, metabolites decline. So it’s possible fasting could help when it comes to increasing longevity.
Excerpted from ABC 7 Detroit