New York, US (Web Desk): A recent study has revealed that fasting can reverse the age-related loss of stem cell function that regenerates new intestinal cells .

According to research of David Sabatini fasting dramatically improves stem cells’ ability to regenerate , in both aged and young mice. During fasting , cells begin breaking down fatty acids instead of glucose, a change that stimulates the stem cells to become more regenerative.

The researcher quoted, “This study provides evidence that fasting induces a metabolic switch in the intestine stem cells , from utilizing carbohydrates to burn fats.”

“Interestingly, switching these cells to fatty acid oxidation enhanced their function significantly. Pharmacological targeting of this pathway may provide a therapeutic opportunity to improve tissue homeostasis in age-associated pathologies,” he added.