17:49 23-11-2014
MAIN Russian
About us On-line subscription
KazakhstanTajikistanUzbekistanKyrgyzstanTurkmenistanWorld
POLITICSBUSINESSINCIDENTSSOCIETYCULTURESPORTANALYSISSCIENCE
Fasting for 3 days can regenerate entire immune system - research

Bishkek (AKIpress) - яблоко Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".

Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection, the Telegraph reported.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

The researchers say fasting "flips a regenerative switch" which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

Prolonged fasting forces the body to use stores of glucose and fat but also breaks down a significant portion of white blood cells.

During each cycle of fasting, this depletion of white blood cells induces changes that trigger stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells.

In trials humans were asked to regularly fast for between two and four days over a six-month period.

Scientists found that prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to ageing and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumour growth.

Fasting for 72 hours also protected cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy.


Twitterfacebookprint
14:40 06.06.2014
LATEST NEWS
12:00 Medvedev offers Turkmenistan to supply meat, agricultural products to Russia within western import restrictions11:52 Deputy Interior Minister, UNODC consider cooperation ties11:38 U.S., Turkey to continue providing support to Syrian 'moderate opposition'11:34 Ukraine considers joining NATO as priority11:31 Russian Government approves Armenia’s accession to EEU11:26 Zhanar Dugalova of Kazakhstan wins Turkvision Song Contest11:21 Uzbekistan takes part in festival of wines and spirits in China11:13 Presidents of Uzbekistan, Switzerland hold talks in Tashkent11:04 Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs of Georgia on visit in Uzbekistan10:56 Tajik Foreign Minister, Pakistani Water Minister vote for stepping up bilateral ties10:50 Nawaz Sharif calls for stronger economic partnership with Tajikistan10:43 Tajik Foreign Minister holds talks with Prime Minister of Pakistan10:34 New U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan appointed10:27 Kazakhstan's Nazarbayev, Russia's Putin discuss accession of Kyrgyzstan to EEU10:17 Swiss companies interested in investing in economy of Kazakhstan – Didier Burkhalter10:08 Foreign Minister, Indian Ambassador discuss development of bilateral ties10:00 Existing potential of bilateral relations between Kyrgyzstan, France should be expanded – French Ambassador09:46 Exim Bank of China becomes largest foreign creditor of Kyrgyzstan – Audit Chamber09:34 Foreign Ministries of Kyrgyzstan, Turkey hold another round of consultations09:26 Kyrgyzhydromet warns of day frosts to -15°C
Astana
-7° C
Ashgabat
+16° C
Bishkek
+6° C
Dushanbe
+13° C
Tashkent
+11° C
exchange rates
 
71.75
57.59
9.40
1.26
225.38
180.87
29.53
3.95
6.31
5.08
0.83
0.11
3042.15
2388.25
390.42
56.91
3.53
2.85
0.47
0.06

© AKIpress News Agency - 2001-2014
Use of the AKIpress.com materials must be accompanied by a hyperlink to www.akipress.com
Our address:
Moskovskaya str. 189, Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic
e-mail: english@akipress.org, akipressenglish@gmail.com;
Tel/Fax: +996(312)90-07-75