Intermittent fasting daily diets like the 5:2 and similar may improve memory as well as learning capabilities, reports a new study.
While this sort of regimen is commonly associated with losing weight, recent research revealed after studying mice linked eating one day off and one day on to increased cognitive function.
Study Conducted on 40 Mice
Whilst studying the animals, fasting has been found to change the brain and potentially give neurons increased energy, allowing them to increase their connectivity, reported the New Scientist.
The National Institute of Aging researchers observed 40 mice, who had each been given on and off fasting diets or normal eating diets.
Interestingly enough, researchers found that mice who had fasted portrayed 50% more BDNF a chemical in the brain where prior research suggests a role in promoting nerve cell growth and overall brain function.
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During intermittent fasting periods, the body begins to switch energy sources, stimulates activity in the brain, the study found.
“When those stores are out, human, as well as animal bodies switch to fat stores, which are converted into compounds called ketones in the blood,” Mark Mattson, the chief of the neurosciences lab at the National Institute of Aging, says.
“Ketones act directly on the nerve cells to stimulate production of BDNF and may help optimise cognition, learning and memory building.”
The studies results found that mice portrayed better mental capabilities that held a duration of 7-14 days.
They also were more alert in addition to exemplifying more activity throughout regions of the mind responsible for learning as well as increaded memory during fasting periods.
However, while the diet worked the mice tested, Mattson said that it may not have similar effects on people.