A recent study by researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology found that intermittent fasting promotes metabolic levels in the body and may help fight aging and its effects in the body, as well as its role in weight loss. Which adds further evidence of the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Carbohydrates are known to be the body’s preferred energy source, converted into glucose. But if they do not, the body searches for other sources of energy, such as amino acids.
Scientists can investigate the transformation of non-carbohydrate energy sources into glucose by measuring the levels of specific metabolic components in the blood, such as carotenoids and butters.
The researchers found that the levels of these metabolic components rise in the blood after fasting, as researchers noted an increase in products of the cycle of citric acid. The cycle of citric acid occurs in the mitochondria, and the task of this cycle is to release stored energy.
The researchers also found that fasting increases the levels of porenine and pyrimidine, which indicates increased protein synthesis and increased gene expression, which means that the cells of the body increase the proteins necessary for their functions in quantity and quantity, and indicates the increased levels of specific types of oxidation, Age helps to combat the underlying damage caused by free radicals.
Through these findings, the researchers hope to understand the mechanism of the effect of fasting in promoting metabolism, and thus to devise ways to simulate this positive effect without the need to abstain from food for long periods.
The results of the study were recently published in Scientific Reports .