Research shows that regular intermittent fasts have endless mental and physical benefits, from boosting metabolism, regulating blood pressure, reducing inflammation and upping your brain's cognitive functions
Studies have shown an improvement in memory, cognition and clarity(1). An increase in BDNF (brain-derived neurotropic factor)(2) occurs when fasting, this is the protein that promotes neuron growth and protection, making us more resilient to neurological stress and thus staving off neurodegenerative diseases.
There are various metabolic benefits features, such as assisting in the drop of blood levels of insulin, which in turn facilitates fat burning(3) weight loss, and a reduction in blood sugar levels(4). Short-term fasting can also increase metabolic rate by 3.6% to 14%, helping you burn even more calories(5).
An improvement in cardiovascular health can be seen when practising intermittent fasting due to an improvement in key biomarkers such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers and blood sugar levels(6).
Inflammation plays a key role in ageing as it damages mitochondria and increases mitochondrial dysfunction. One of the key benefits of intermittent fasting is a reduction in oxidative stress and inflammation(7) by inducing important cellular repair processes such as removing waste material from cells(8).