Researchers Discover Mini-Fast Prevents Alzheimer's — Told by Newsmax Health

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Researchers have just discovered the key to preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Taking part in short 12-hour fasts multiple times a week helps to delay the onset of symptoms and improve memory function in the brain.

Mini Fasts Prevent Alzheimers

The ketone bodies that are produced while having this mini-fast can actually be protective of the brain.

A recent study has discovered that taking part in an easy, relatively painless 12-hour fast multiple times a week may be a strong key in preventing Alzheimer’s disease — or helping to delay onset of symptoms.

Several studies have suggested the benefits of fasting. The National Institute on Aging discovered that fasting a few days a week increases life span, protects the brain, and eases the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.

A formal fast, lasting 24 hours, is too long for most people. Depriving themselves of food and experiencing hunger pains for an entire day can be extremely uncomfortable. Instead, it is recommended to do the 12-hour fast at night, when people aren’t awake and eating their main meals.

Neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson, author of "The Alzheimer's Diet," says that fasting can be much easier — a 12- or 14-hour period that takes place mainly when you are asleep. He suggests that you use the "early bird" technique to modify your diet.

"Some restaurants offer an 'early bird' special, where they offer special pricing early in the evening," he said. "But saving money isn't the only benefit. There may also be a brain-boosting effect associated with early dinners."

The body produces substances called ketones when the brain is deprived of carbohydrates. Ketones act as an alternative source of energy when carbohydrates are not available. Several studies have shown that ketones have a protective effect on brain cells and can actually improve memory in patients with mild cognitive disorder (MCI) or Alzheimer's disease.

“If you normally wake up at 6 in the morning, try to eat your last meal at 6 p.m. the night before,” says Dr. Isaacson. "This means no late-night snacking!"

"Since there's evidence that ketosis may have anti-aging effects on the brain, trying this approach several days a week may be a reasonable option, as long as your physician approves," says Dr. Isaacson.

"The ketone bodies that are produced while having this mini-fast can actually be protective of the brain," he said. Basically, for two or three hours a night, the brain isn't aging.

"You're doing something protective to slow aging," he said, adding that if a person is in good health, a mini-fast is something anyone can do to lower their risk of developing Alzheimer's.

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