During fasting, cells remove or repair damaged molecules
Animal research shows that caloric restriction over a lifetime, such as with intermittent fasting, increases lifespan.
The body responds to fasting with improved regulation of blood glucose, greater stress resistance, and decreased inflammation and production of damaging free radicals.
During fasting, cells remove or repair damaged molecules. These effects may prevent the development of chronic disorders including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and neurological decline including Alzheimer’s disease.
Other effects of intermittent fasting include better balance and coordination, and improved cognition, specifically with memory.
Human studies have also found fasting improves insulin sensitivity, lowers blood pressure, decreases LDL cholesterol, and helps with weight loss.