Fasting diets in their many forms have gained serious popularity as effective ways to lose weight, but researchers studying the physiological underpinnings continue to show how they might do much more than that. Scientists at King’s College London have used experiments in mice to demonstrate how fasting can also improve long-term memory and tackle age-related cognitive impairment, by boosting expression of what’s known as the “longevity gene.”
In recent years, we’ve seen a string of studies illuminate the potential benefits of fasting. These include an expansive and fascinating range of outcomes, such as remodeling the gut microbiome, improving the efficacy of cancer treatments, boosting the body’s ability to clear away toxic proteins like those linked to Alzheimer’s, and altering the mitochondria in our cells to slow aging.
Excepted from New Atlas