I’ve talked about the benefits of fasting before. I don’t mean extreme versions that go on for weeks. Just 24 to 48 hours with plenty of water—and nothing else. I’ve found it can have remarkably rejuvenating effects. And research has indicated fasting may have some significant health benefits too. In fact, a new study shows it may even help curb dangerous inflammation.
The research, published in the journal Nature Medicine, reveals that a compound (called beta-hydroxybutyrate or BHB) created during fasting could block something called NLRP3.
NLRP3 is a complex set of proteins that drives the inflammatory response that can lead to chronic, deadly conditions like heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and type 2 diabetes. The study’s authors found that BHB can suppress this response in mice. As you know, I don’t put much stock in animal studies, but they also had the same results with human cell cultures. And, while test tube cultures still aren’t exactly the same as full-fledged human trials, I think the other proven benefits of fasting make these results worth mentioning.
Of course, fasting isn’t the only way to curb dangerous inflammation in your body. For more step-by-step instructions on how to fight inflammation, refer back to the article “The single, secret cause of your most nagging aches and pains—and the easy way to squelch them all, starting TODAY,” in the June 2012 issueof my Logical Health Alternatives newsletter.
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“The ketone metabolite β-hydroxybutyrate blocks NLRP3 inflammasome–mediated inflammatory disease.” Nature Medicine, epub ahead of print 2/16/15