Brain Regeneration Thru Fasting: What We Know
A number of studies have been published concerning nervous system or brain regeneration thru fasting (caloric restriction). Here is an overview of those studies. While the results are preliminary, they seem to be promising.
Brain Regeneration Thru Fasting: Spinal Cord Injuries in Mice
Like most of the studies, the one published recently in 2008 was conducted using lab rats. Although some may claim otherwise, mountains of scientific research prove that rat responses are very similar to those seen in humans.
The study was conducted in Canada and published in the Journal of Experimental Neurology, a peer-reviewed publication. The researchers begin by explaining that spinal cord injury typically results in limited recovery of many bodily functions. The spinal cord and the brain are the major components of the central nervous system.
The researchers were interested in whether or not dietary restriction would improve recovery and normal function after a spinal cord injury. The reason for their interest has to do with a “well-established notion” that caloric restriction can and does lead to longevity in animals.
A long-term study involving a group of human volunteers who purposefully restrict the number of calories they consume every day is currently ongoing. The study was mentioned in a 60 Minutes episode several years ago. Some of the volunteers appeared on the show and explained what they were doing. The main focus of the 60 Minutes episode was a calorie restriction mimetic called resveratrol.
Brain Regeneration Thru Fasting or Caloric Restriction Activates Part of the DNA
Calorie restriction mimetic is a relatively new term that bears defining here. When scientists talk about brain regeneration thru fasting or any other health benefits that may accompany calorie restricted diets, they are well