Fasting Reduces Inflammation, Study Says

by Mike Mutzel


Fasting gets a lot of airtime aimed at how it impacts metabolism and fat loss. 

But equally exciting is how fasting (e.g., intermittent fasting or time-restricted feeding) impacts inflammation. 

(As you likely know, inflammation naturally increases with age AND is linked to various ailments such as low energy, depression, achy joints and more.) 

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This new study, controlled for calories, showed that a compressed feeding pattern reduced two detrimental cytokines compared to baseline, even when the same quantity of food was consumed during that time period. 

What makes this study important is cytokines were measured over a 24-hour period to control for the circadian rhythm effect. (Cytokines, like hormones, ebb and flow at different times of the day.) 

Here’s the biggest key takeaway:

-Eating the same total calories in a shorter feeding window has been associated with reduced levels of inflammatory cytokines


Almeneessier, A. S., BaHammam, A. A., Alzoghaibi, M., Olaish, A. H., Nashwan, S. Z., BaHammam, A. S. (2019). The effects of diurnal intermittent fasting on proinflammatory cytokine levels while controlling for sleep/wake pattern, meal composition and energy expenditure. PLoS One, 14(12), 1–15.

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