Researchers Identify Molecule With Antiaging Effects on Vascular System

A study at Georgia State University has found another reason to add fasting to your daily food plan. Researchers said they discovered that calorie restriction produces an antiaging molecule that keeps the vascular system younger. Since vascular aging has a significant effect on your susceptibility for diseases like cancer, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease, finding a chemical link between fasting and antiaging of the vascular system is an exciting step toward fighting these diseases, the researchers said.

They also noted that it takes 24 hours of fasting to increase the concentration of this molecule enough to work. Therefore, finding the molecule was just one step in their final goal, which would be to create a pharmaceutical product that people could take to mimic what the molecule does under fasting, so they could still eat and gain the benefits of the fasting molecule.

As you know, I’m a huge proponent of intermittent fasting, especially when it’s coupled with a ketogenic diet. And, many other indicators already show that fasting is a good antiaging strategy. You also know that I’m never in favor of substituting a drug of any sort for something you can do quite easily with any pharmaceutical help at all.

The thing is, as the featured study’s authors mentioned, many people are so fearful that they’ll be too hungry to fast properly that they just won’t do it. The good news is that you don’t have to all of a sudden just quit eating for 24 hours. That’s where intermittent fasting comes in.

Dubbed the fasting mimicking diet, intermittent fasting provides long-lasting benefits without the drawbacks of long-term calorie restriction. Basically, what you do is limit your food intake to a six- to eight-hour window. Yes, this means skipping a meal or two, but if you ease into it gradually, you’ll soon find it’s not that hard to do.

The important thing, however, is to combine it with a ketogenic diet. As I've repeatedly mentioned, one of the key benefits of intermittent fasting is normalizing your glucose and insulin levels, and that’s what a ketogenic diet does, in addition to providing many of the same health benefits associated with fasting and intermittent fasting. When done together, most people will experience significant improvements in their health.

Click Here and be the first to comment on this article
Post your comment