Sauna use associated with decreased risk of heart disease and neurodegenerative diseases
Sauna use is associated with reduced risk of many diseases, including cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. One mechanism that drives this reduced risk is likely heat shock proteins, a class of proteins produced by cells in response to stressful conditions such as heat exposure. These proteins protect cellular components from normal byproducts of metabolism and prevent aggregation of damaged proteins. In this clip, Dr. Rhonda Patrick describes the role that heat shock proteins play in reducing the risk of disease.
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