London: For many people, the key question regarding fasting is whether it`s good or bad for health. Now, a new study says that skipping meals for a couple of days a week could help a person live longer.Researchers at the National Institute on Ageing have found that fasting for one day or two days a week is key to a longlife because it can protect the brain against Alzheimer`s,Parkinson`s and other degenerative brain conditions.Chemical messengers in the brain are boosted when calorie intake is restricted, say the researchers. It has long been known that severely restricting calorie intake can increase the lifespan of rats and mice and it has been suggested there could be a similar effect in humans too but the theory is difficult to test.Now, the researchers have found the positive effects of fasting, `The Daily Telegraph` reported.
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