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Episode 7  Mark Mattson talks about benefits of intermittent fasting

Episode 7 Mark Mattson talks about benefits of intermittent fasting

  • November 28, 2020
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Intermittent fasting—alternating days in which you fast or eat only a few hundred calories a day—may have significant long-term health benefits, according to some researchers.

Dr. Mark Mattson is a leading expert on intermittent fasting, and one of its proponents on a personal level as well. As a neurosciences professor at Johns Hopkins University, and chief of the laboratory of neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), Mattson is particularly interested in how fasting can improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases.

Intermittent fasting might play a role in preventing or postponing neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, which fifty percent of Americans living into their eighties are predicted to get.

In this episode, Mattson talks with IHMC Director Ken Ford and IHMC visiting research scientist Dominic D’Agostino about the benefits of fasting and the physiological mechanisms behind those benefits.

Mattson recently delivered an excellent lecture at IHMC on intermittent fasting and optimizing cognitive performance: You can also find his TED talk at

For more information on Mattson’s career and research, check out his Wikipedia page:

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