Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) works as well as fasting but allows patients to eat | Valter Longo

Parent Episode: Dr. Valter Longo on Resetting Autoimmunity and Rejuvenating Systems with Prolonged Fasting & the FMD

Fasting, in conjunction with chemotherapy, has been shown to sensitize cancer cells while protecting healthy cells. The fasting-mimicking diet was developed to incorporate the benefits of fasting into cancer treatment, for patients who did not want to fast. Chronic calorie restriction has several advantages, such as reduced inflammation and oxidative damage, but also comes with some drawbacks, including altered immune function. The fasting-mimicking diet, which includes a refeeding phase, overcomes some of these downsides but is nevertheless able to capture the benefits of caloric restriction. In this clip, Dr. Valter Longo discusses how the fasting-mimicking diet nourishes patients while still activating some of the same metabolic responses as a water-only fast.

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