AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 2, 2017

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Fasting-like Diet Reduces Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

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Fasting-like diet switches on a process in which the body kills bad cells and begins to generate new healthy ones

An estimated 350,000 Americans are affected by Multiple sclerosis (MS) each year. Symptoms they feel every day could range from blurred vision to paralysis. New research is now showing that having a diet that mimicks the effects of fasting could become very beneficial for these patients. When fasting occurs, a death-and-life process is triggered for cells that appear critical for the body’s repair. “During the fasting-mimicking diet, cortisone is produced and that initiates a killing of autoimmune cells,” said Valter Longo, the study’s lead author and professor who directs the USC Longevity Institute at the Davis School of Gerontology. “This process also leads to the production of new healthy cells.” To read more, click here.

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