USC: Intermittent Fasting Could Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

  • Diets that mimic fasting appear to the reduce the signs of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a groundbreaking new study using mice.
  • Researchers from USC Leonard Davis School of Gerontology say time-restricted eating lowered levels of two key hallmarks of the disease — amyloid beta and hyperphosphorylated tau protein.
  • The fasting-mimicking diet (FMD) researchers examined was high in unsaturated fats and low in overall calories, protein, and carbohydrates. The diet mimics the impact of sticking to a water-only fast while still providing dieters with their necessary nutrients. Previous studies have found that fasting diets display a connection to several health benefits, including stem cell regeneration, lessening the side-effects of chemotherapy, and lowering the risk for developing cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and other age-related diseases.
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