Fasting can indeed have a positive effect on the body, as it reduces the level of inflammation, Cell reported referring to scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Inflammation is the normal response of the immune system to infections that enter the body. But chronic inflammation can have serious health consequences, because it leads to the development of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, multiple sclerosis, intestinal diseases and other diseases.
Scientists have found that calorie restriction reduces the level of chronic inflammation and helps improve the condition of patients with chronic autoimmune diseases.
Scientists led by Dr. Miriam Merad have shown that episodic starvation reduces the number of pro-inflammatory cells called monocytes in the bloodstream.
Researchers will proceed studying the molecular mechanisms by which fasting can improve the condition of patients with chronic inflammatory diseases.