Fasting During Festivals Good for Brain, to Boost Memory, Learning Skills: Study

Exercise tops the list of recommendations of neruologists for long but now they are adding occasional fasting, which is not new to Indians who observe fasting on festivals, especially during the Shivratri among others. New research shows that fasting not only increases memory but also enhances quick learning skills as it boosts the brain’s neurons.

In their experiment on animals to study how intermittent fasting in rats and mice can enhance learning and memory and decrease the risk of degeneration of those brain functions, the came out these findings.

bn2“We have evidence that exercise and probably intermittent fasting increase the number of mitochondria in neurons,” said neuro expert Mark Mattson of the National Institute on Aging in the US.

Intermittent fasting, which is common in India owing to religious faith, turns out to be good as it may improve performance on cognitive tests and change neural network connections.

Instead of weakening after fasting or exercise, the stress of the two help the brain adapt and improve the energy flow of neurons, scientists said.

Another noticeable findings was that fasting and exercise seem to increase the production of a protein called brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) that boosts cell growth and increase memory and quick learning skills.

The study was presented at the the Society for Neuroscience conference last week in Washington DC.(IANS)

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