Can Intermittent Fasting Lower Inflammation? New Study Says So

The diet culture of today has given rise to many different food charts. However, most of these diets do little good for health or they come with negative side effects. One of the more popular concepts these days, which is being increasing researched on, is intermittent fasting. The idea is to abstain from food and beverages for a certain period of time.

A new research says that intermittent fasting can be of assistance in reducing inflammation. While acute inflammation is a normal and healthy immune response, chronic inflammation is very harmful. It can lead to a number of health problems including diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, etc. Mount Sinai scientists conducted this new research on humans and mice.

It says that controlling excessive eating can lower inflammation by reducing monocytes. The study, which the Cell journal published, found that there are less of these inflammatory cells in people and mice on an intermittent fasting diet.

Scientists Looked At How Fasting Reduces Chronic Inflammation

For the purpose of the study, researchers hired human participants who weren’t allowed to eat sporadically. However, they were permitted to drink water. On the first day of the research work, participants didn’t eat from noon to 3 p.m. Again, they abstained from food from 8 p.m. that day till 3 p.m. of the next.

On both days, at 3 p.m., the team drew blood to test the markers of white blood cells. This was done because white blood cells hint at inflammation and monocytes are a type of WBCs. Scientists look at the count of white blood cells to determine sickness. When their number is high, there is an infection. In this research work, researchers noted that the WBC count was significantly lower which suggests that fasting lowers inflammation.

So, Should We Eat Less Food?

In recent times, the diet of people has greatly expanded. By eating too much and too often we are destroying our health. The point is not that we must eat less, it is that we mustn’t over-fuel our bodies. In this regard, time-restricted eating can  help.

Food is important which is why we must eat properly, however moderation must be maintained. Researchers are going to continue study the working of molecular mechanisms to find more about fasting’s positive impact on inflammation. By doing so, they can be able to come up with therapeutic strategies to treat diseases.

An author of the study, Stefan Jordan, Ph.D. said, “Considering the broad spectrum of diseases that are caused by chronic inflammation and the increasing number of patients affected by these diseases, there is an enormous potential in investigating the anti-inflammatory effects of fasting.


Excess eating can increase inflammation in the body which is why it is necessary to eat in moderation. Intermittent fasting can help in this regard. A new study says that fasting can help reduce monocytes which cause inflammation.