Intermittent fasting promotes brain health

(NaturalNews) According to a new study carried out at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, fasting for one or two days each week may help improve the condition of individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Researchers have found that stopping nearly all food intake for short periods of time triggers a protection mechanism within the brain which also works against the effects of neurodegenerative disorders.

Calorie intake impacts the brain

Professor Mark Mattson, lead author of the study and professor of neuroscience at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explained at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver that “reducing your calorie intake could help your brain, but doing so by cutting your intake of food is not likely to be the best method of triggering this protection. It is likely to be better to go on intermittent bouts of fasting, in which you eat hardly anything at all, and then have periods when you eat as much as you want. In other words, timing appears to be a crucial element to this process.”

The science team lead by Dr. Mattson discovered that reducing food intake to approximately 500 calories per fasting day yields optimal effects and can significantly improve long-term cognitive function. Foods that may safely be consumed during fasting days include an assortment of fiber-rich vegetables, unsweetened tea and water.

That calorie restriction has beneficial effect on human health and may even prolong life span is no real news. The first research into calorie restrictive diets dates back to 1934, when a Cornell University researcher noticed that guinea pigs that were fed a calorie restrictive diet maintained higher nutrient levels and lived twice as much when compared to regular guinea pigs. Later on, Dr. Roy Walford of UCLA investigated calorie restriction in greater detail, revealing that such a diet has the potential to improve a range of age-related diseases, as well as help the dieter maintain a more youthful appearance.

Fasting is like ‘exercising your brain muscles’


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  1. An Excellent Study and a Perfect Finding; in line with the Teachings of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him, always).

    Truth of the history is that No Muslim Saint (wali Ullah; soofi) suffered from Alzheimer’s.

    The good reason for it, is (besides their other righteous deeds) their ways of eating following the instructions of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (saw):-

    1. Meals that filled ¾th of their stomachs at a time.
    2. Frequently keeping fasts – no eating(s) between pre-dawn and dusk.


    The Promised Messiah – Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad of Qadian, a.s., is said to be eating (majority of the times) as little as 1/4th of a bread {Roti} which is generally a 350gm of dough in weight. As such, his intake (bread) was nearly 87.5gm per meal.

    That is also “A” factor in the good management of his Diabetes Mellitus; besides the Glorious Divine Tidings he personally received to be saved from all the Diabetic Complications.


    For diabetics, who administer relatively a Poor Control, the higher glucose level in their blood stream after the meals (Postprandial Hyperglycemia) first thickens their blood and then leads to affect the brain. (it affects the entire bunch of vessels and all other vital organs, too); and they experience Short Term Memory Loss and Neuropathy faster than the controlled diabetics.

    Another example worth to mention for every body’s interest is that of (Late) Hakim Muhammad Saeed Sahib of “Hamdard” Pakistan. He was not an Ahmadi but a very loving companion of Sir Muhammad ZafarUllah Khan Sahib, r.a., and also had close family ties with the family of Hadhrat Amman Jan, r.a., The Holy Wife of the Promised Messiah, a.s :-

    “He continued to fast every alternate day of his life”. {15 to 16 days a month}.

    “He had no ailment of any sort until his last day. He was well close to 80 years, then”.

    Once we were talking about the diseases and as they spread in Pakistan; he confided to me that his own Blood Pressure remains around 110/70.

    Suggested readings:-

    1. Biographies of The Promised Messiah a.s. – by – Sahibzada Pir Siraj ulHaq Naumani Sahib, r.a.; Mufti Muhammad Sadiq Sahib, r.a.; Maulvi Qudrat Ullah Sanori Sahib, r.a.; Maulvi Abdul Karim Sahib Sialkoti, r.a.
    2. Archives of Hamdard Pakistan Publications – Roznamcha; Tajribate Tabib.

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