20 Feb '12, 9am

Subhanallah! Even Nabi Muhammad SAW encourages us to fast on Mondays and Thursdays! now it's scientifically proven.

LONDON - Fasting for regular periods could help protect the brain against degenerative illnesses, according to American scientists. Researchers at the National Institute on Ageing in Baltimore in the United States said they had found evidence which shows that periods of stopping virtually all food intake for one or two days a week could protect the brain against some of the worst effects of Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other ailments. Scientists have known for some time that a low-calorie diet is a recipe for longer life. Rats and mice reared on restricted amounts of food increase their lifespan by up to 40 per cent and a similar effect has been noted in humans. But Professor Mark Mattson, head of the institute's laboratory of neurosciences, and his team have taken this notion further. They argue that cutting daily food intake to around 500 calories - which amounts to litt...

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