This is ground breaking stuff.
Just more evidence on the benefits of fasting.
Interesting tidbits. In fact, eye opening. This is why people recover from type II diabetes when they incorporate fasting into their life.
And it can possibly help repair and recover from heart/circulatory conditions and maybe even other situations.
“a 24-hour fast in mice induces fat breakdown in intestinal stem and progenitor cells. This fatty acid oxidation appears to in turn improve the function of stem cells”.
“As we age, stem cells in the intestine as well as in many other tissues of the body, including in the blood and nervous systems, become less functional,”
“They found that a single fast augments intestinal stem cell function in both young and aged mice, by boosting fat metabolism.”
“It appears that using fats for energy preserves the health and function of intestinal stem cells, and that the ability to break down and use fats for energy is impaired in older individuals — unless they fast.”
“What’s really interesting is that when you fast, you start to derive much more energy, respectively, from the breakdown of fat."
“Our results were quite surprising — a single 24-hour fast dramatically improved the function of stem cells regardless of age,” Yilmaz said. “We saw an improvement in stem cell function in young mice that were fasted, but more importantly a dramatic improvement in stem cell function in aged mice that were fasted.”