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Can fasting be good for the brain?


There may be wider effects of fasting beyond changes in weight, specifically on brain cells, researchers in Baltimore and the University of Manchester have discovered.

Prof Mark Mattson, a neuroscientist in Baltimore says that fasting for one or two days a week makes cells stronger and more resistant to disease.

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