A recent report published in the Telegraph states that researches have found a link between fasting and immunity. The scientists who were a part of this study regard this as a remarkable breakthrough. Their study shows that fasting as little as three days could improve the immune system, even in elder people.
The study which was conducted at the University of Southern California found that fasting makes the stems cells to produce new white blood cells. These white blood cells fight infections. Now researchers are of the opinion that this breakthrough will be extremely beneficial for cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.
Chemotherapy patients are subject to chemicals that not only destroy cancer cells but also damage the immune system. Such kind of a natural regeneration process would be greatly beneficial for cancer patients as this could help restore their immunity. Elder people also suffer from a natural reduction in immunity levels as the immune system gradually deteriorates, as one grows old. Researchers are of the opinion that this natural regeneration process will also assist the elders in improving their immunity.
The author of this study, Valter Longo, who is also a professor at the USC Davis School of Gerontology, explains this mechanism of regeneration. He says that during starvation the body looks to store as much energy as possible and in the process it looks to recycle as many immune cells, which are not needed, as possible, with some even being damaged. Fasting can thus literally generate a new immune system.