Sarah Knapton with The Daily Telegraph and National Post Wire Services wrote an article on the benefits of fasting for three days. The title of the article is “Fasting for three days Renews entire immune system, protects cancer patients, “remarkable” new study finds. Conducted by scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), the study shows that fasting “flips a regenerative switch” that prompts stem cells to create white blood cells, essentially restoring the immune.
They see this as good for cancer patients under chemotherapy in that fasting can generate, literally, a whole new immune system. The age of the patient doesn’t impact the results.
Certain trials required volunteers to fast regularly for between two and four days over a six month period. Scientists found that this prolonged fasting also reduced the enzyme PKA, which is linked to aging and a hormone which increases cancer risk and tumor growth. “We could not predict that prolonged fasting would have such a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic [formation of stem cells] system,” said Valter Longo, professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the university.. “When you starve, the system tries to save energy, and one of the things it can do to save energy is to recycle a lot of immune cells that are not needed, especially those that may be damaged.”
Fasting for 72 hours also protected cancer patients against the toxic impact of chemotherapy. “The results of this study suggest that fasting may mitigate some o the harmful effects of chemotherapy,” said co-author Tanya Dorff, assistant professor of clinical medicine at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital.
All the more reasons to bless you body with fasting.