You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Health Top Stories

Fasting can Increase Metabolism and Reverse Ageing: Study

Onlymyhealth logo Onlymyhealth 22-03-2019 Arushi Bidhuri

Metabolism is the process by virtue of which the body utilizes calories obtained from food and converts them into energy. A high metabolic rate facilitates prompt utilization of calories, decreasing the chances of excess calories being accumulated as fat. 

a screenshot of a cell phone © Provided by Jagran Prakashan Ltd.

This study has found a connection between fasting and metabolism. The study states that occasional fasting generates antioxidants and helps reverse ageing. For the study, experts analyzed the changing levels of metabolites (substances formed during the chemical processes that grant organisms energy) in four fasting individuals. 

The team found 44 metabolites in these individuals within 58 hours of fasting. They found numerous metabolites whose quantities reduce with age. In the four subjects, they found that fasting resulted in an increase in these metabolites, increasing longevity and reversing the signs of ageing.

The study also suggests that fasting increased the metabolism of purine and pyrimidine – chemical substances which play pivotal roles on gene expression and protein synthesis. This change can also promote homeostasis in cells, which serve to alter their gene expression according to environmental influences. 

How Does it Work?  

When the body does not get enough energy from outside sources, it starts using alternate energy stores. When you are fasting, your body utilizes every cell in the human body. 

More on MSN Health

Related: The 55 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Watch: Top 10 healthy foods to aid weight loss to increase metabolism

Replay Video

Disclaimer: Views expressed in this article are the author's own and MSN does not endorse them in any way. Neither can MSN independently verify any claims made in the article. You should consult your physician before starting any weight loss or health management programme to determine if it is right for your needs.

More from Onlymyhealth

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon