Researchers are continually working to understand the body, specifically how the food we eat impacts our brain health. There is growing research on how our gut health affects our brain health. Intermittent fasting can potentially help boost BDNF and may even prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)
If you have followed my writing you know I have mentioned BDNF before and for good reason. BDNF is a powerful tool in boosting neuron production. If you want to have a healthy brain, do whatever you can to boost your BDNF.
Several studies, including this study on rodents, shows that intermittent fasting increases the production of BDNF which, “increases the resistances of neurons in the brain to dysfunction and degeneration” and also may “mediate beneficial effects of intermittent fasting on glucose regulation and cardiovascular function.”
BDNF is a relatively new scientific discovery and is still being studied extensively. However, it is well known that BDNF is important in the generation of new neurons — neurogenesis.
If intermittent fasting can boost BDNF, which causes neurogenesis, we all may benefit from fasting now and again.
Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
Neurodegenerative diseases are some of the worst diseases out there, in my opinion. My grandmother had dementia and as time passed she could no longer remember her children. If you have a family member with a neurodegenerative disease you know what I am talking about — it sucks.
Fortunately, some research shows that intermittent fasting might be able to delay or reduce the severity of Alzheimer’s. Intermittent fasting can “ameliorate age-related deficits in cognitive function” and can protect your neurons.
This research is far from proven fact, however, there is enough correlation to conduct further research. If intermittent fasting can at the very least reduce the severity and potentially prevent Alzheimer’s, why wouldn’t we all try fasting?