Many studies showed that cycles of prolonged fasting can prevent damage to the immune system-the main adverse effect of chemotherapy. Also, it can stimulate a regeneration of the immune system.
A human clinical trial that involves patients undergoing chemotherapy showed that prolonged fasting can lower white blood cell counts.
In mice studies, it has been shown that fasting cycles changed the signaling pathways for hematopoietic stem cells, which are in charge of the generation of blood and immune systems.
The study showed that this contributes to healthier aging, in which poor immune system is the major cause of different diseases. Also, prolonged fasting cycles can kill older and damaged immune cells and generate new ones.
This means, that it is very beneficial for people undergoing chemotherapy and for those with different immune system deficiencies, such as autoimmunity disorders.
It has been shown that fasting has an astonishing effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system.
To be more specific, prolonged fasting can force our body to use stores of glucose, ketones, and fat. Also, it has the ability to break down a high portion of white cells.
In the time of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells can induce changes that cause stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.
In fact, prolonged fasting can extend longevity in simple organisms and lower levels of IGF-1, a growth factor hormone associated with aging, tumor progression and cancer risk.
In fact, prolonged fasting can reduce the enzyme PKA, a key gene that should shut down so the stem cells can switch into a regenerative mode. In this way, the stem cells begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system.
During the fasting, our body eliminates the parts of the system that might be old or damaged. In other words, fasting cycles can generate a new immune system.
A pilot clinical trial that involved a group of patients who fasted for 72-hour period, prior to chemotherapy showed that fasting can protect against toxicity as well.
We know that chemotherapy is used to save lives. However, chemotherapy can cause a huge collateral damage to the immune system. The study showed that fasting in fact can mitigate some the adverse effects of chemotherapy.
The experts are still studying the possibility that these effects are applicable only to the immune system, but to various other systems and organs.
1. Fasting helps protect against brain disease:
According to the researchers at the National Institute on Aging in Baltimore, fasting for 1-2 days a week can prevent the symptoms of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
It has been shown that cutting the daily intake to 500 calories a day for 2 days a week has a positive effect on our brain.
2. Fasting cuts your risk of heart disease and diabetes:
Fasting also has the ability to reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. It has been scientifically shown that fasting releases a surge in human growth hormone, which is related to accelerating metabolism and burning off fat.
By eliminating the fat, you will lower your risk of diabetes and heart disease. Doctors even claim that fasting can act as a treatment.
3. Fasting effectively treats cancer in human cells:
Cancer patients who included fasting into their therapy experienced fewer adverse effects from chemotherapy. Fasting can improve survival, slow the growth of a tumor and prevent the spread of tumors.
The National Institute on Aging conducted a detailed study on one type of breast cancer in order to discover the effects of fasting on cancer.
Due to fasting, the cancer cells tried to make new proteins and took other steps to keep growing and dividing.
Consequently, there were created damaging free radical molecules which broke down the cancer cells own DNA and lead to their destruction.