The intermittent fasting mode includes 16 hours of fasting followed by 8 hours eating period. The fasting process perfectly schedules our daily meals and improves our metabolism. This method is very effective for weight loss rather than just creating a calorie deficit. Now, it looks like intermittent fasting is also great for long-term memory.
During fasting, one can drink water, coffee, and zero-calorie beverages. These drinks will help to reduce the feeling of hunger. During the eating window, the intake of food should be healthy. The intermediate fasting method would not work if one intakes lots of calories and processed food.
Since science has proven that the longer the human body takes to digest food, it improves physical and mental health more effectively.
Intermittent fasting is not the concept of changing the products drastically that one is eating. However, intermittent fasting is the concept of eating exactly in time. Either one should skip their breakfast or dinner from their regular diet.
The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience researchers at King’s College of London discovered intermittent fasting as an effective plan for improving long-term memory.
The Klotho Gene
According to the study of Molecular Biology, everyday fasting promotes the Klotho gene. Klotho gene is the age surprising gene that extends life span when overexpressed. It is a ‘longevity gene’ that plays a central role in the study of neurogenesis of adult-born hippocampal neurons.
For the formation of memory and production adult-born hippocampal neurons are important. Throughout the human body, neurons are responsible for carrying the information.
Experiment on Mice
The researchers split a group of female mice into three groups. One group, a standard daily feeding group, and second, the Calorie Restricted group. The third group, the Intermediate Fasting group that fed mice every other day.
The two groups were later fed 10% fewer calories compared to other groups, these mice who were demonstrated in intermittent fast is improved long-term memory retention, over a three months course.
The study of mice brains showed the upregulation and increase of neurogenesis in the Klotho gene compared to the CR diet group. The previous study of Dr. Turtel from Kings demonstrated that the memory function of humans can improve by calorie-restricted diets.
According to the research, the learning process can be improved by following an intermediate fasting plan. Furthermore, age-associated cognitive impairment could be affected.
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