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2016 Nobel prize winner scientifically proves that fasting is good for health

Moscow, October 5, 2016

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Yoshinori Ohsumi, a cellular biologist from Japan, became a Nobel Prize winner in physiology and medicine “for discovering the mechanisms of autophagy.” The Japanese scientist has scientifically substantiated that fasting is good for one’s health, reports the Komsomolskaya Pravda Russian newspaper.

The Nobel Prize Committee’s press release reads:

“Ohsumi’s discoveries have led to a new paradigm in our understanding of how a cell processes its contents. His discoveries have opened new ways of understanding the fundamental importance of autophagy for a large number of physiological processes, such as adaptation to starvation and response to an infection.”

Autophagy is the process of utilizing and recycling unnecessary or dysfunctional cellular componentsthe so-called cellular rubbish which accumulates in cells. The term “autophagy” originates from two Greek words which summarily mean “self-eating.” Autophagy is intrinsic to living organisms, including those of human beings. Thanks to autophagy cells get rid of excess parts, while an organism gets rid of unnecessary cells.

Autophagy becomes especially intensive when an organism is under stress, for example, when it fasts. In this case a cell produces energy using its internal resources, that is, cellular rubbish, including pathogenic bacteria.

The Nobel Prize winner’s discovery indicates that abstaining from food and keeping fasts is wholesomethe body truly cleans itself. This is confirmed by the Nobel Prize Committee.

According to Ohsumi’s colleagues, autophagy protects organisms from premature senility. This process even probably rejuvenates organisms by creating new cells, removing defective proteins and damaged intracellular organelles from them, thus maintaining them in good condition.

Prepared by Vladimir Lagovskiy

Translated by Dmitry Lapa


06 / 10 / 2016

thinakar babu:
as more of type 2 diabetes is due to insulin resistance some of the doctors were advising intermiittent fasting to decrease insulin resistance ,would it be helpful.
How is his finding apply to Christian way of fasting VS Buddhist way of fasting, no solid food intake after 12pm until after sunrise? How often should you practice this fasting Med god? Or should it become a daily habit?
Marie, you should eat nothing except water (tea and coffee without sugar and milk - ok) for 12 hours to benefit from autophagy. 16 hours is optimal. E.g. you can skip your diner (fasting from 16h to 8h) or breakfast (fasting from 21h to 13h), and so on. And the rest of time you should eat enough. Finally you will eat the same amount of food, with the same normal calorie intake and nutruent proportions, but modified timing. This regimen have nothing in common with modern orthodox fasting, it's more like ancient eastern tradition.
Just google for intermittent fasting :) or read this article for example: https://authoritynutrition.com/intermittent-fasting-guide/
I am curious about what level of fasting enables this process- complete abstinence from food for a few days or simply eating a more restricted diet some days of the week?
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