Why fasting bolsters brain power: Mark Mattson at TEDxJohnsHopkinsUniversity

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Mark Mattson is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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20 Kommentare

  1. The Killers do it again!

  2. 1122redbird sagt:

    Why would someone want to starve themselves to extend life? We are all going to die. So what sense does it make to starve yourself so you get a few extra years? I mean, it’s a few years in the scheme of eternity. Who cares. I’d rather enjoy myself while I’m here than punish myself just for a couple of extra years. Eat a reasonable amount but enjoy life. Look at this guy. He looks sick and emaciated, like a sick patient.

  3. Mandar Powale sagt:

    Do a talk on effect of celibacy on brain or a person’s character.

  4. GC DATA SYNC sagt:

    very much appreciated 😉 thank you

  5. TheMononome sagt:

    The fasting brain is Buddha’s brain.

  6. Looks like a small wind would blow him off the stage!    Dude, Pep up a bit, maybe not soo much fasting?

  7. Carlos Saavedra sagt:

    I have a question. My girfriend and I are debating wether any of the studies on intermitent fasting take on consideration the biological, specialy hormonal, differences between male and female. We have just listened another podcast from nutritional coach Sasha Barbosa that states intermitent fasting might be good for male but it might be detrimental for female due to hormonal imbalances it may trigger. Can anyone point us to studies that can enlighten the effects of intermitent fasting on female?

  8. Michael Moseley sagt:

    I have been fasting one or two days a week for about three years. I have lost 15kg and feel much better for it. I have also reduced my average blood pressure.

  9. Romeo Mihalcea sagt:

    He looks….hungry!

  10. Satelite TV sagt:

    why u act like a child of 12 and disable private messages ? to eat anything means its not a fast. that day.

  11. Nancy Anthoulakis sagt:

    I’m older now, but, I still fast. Not strictly, maybe a small smoothie, instead of nothing. Sometimes nothing.
    I haven’t been to a doctor in 24+ years and I’m Canadian, I can go to a doctor, 24/7 for free.
    I know this will sound off…but, the morning after a day of fasting, I FEEL VERY STEADY. I feel alert. Better than usual & I eat carefully.
    I don’t eat bread because I never liked it, even as a child, & my rare blood type forbids alcohol.
    I was a professional athlete, but, that has nothing to do with anything, as people point at my riding. No!
    It is because I eat just the correct small amount.

  12. Jason Brown sagt:

    I’ve intermittent Fasted for the last 6 straight months. I began @ around 235 lbs around 19% bf. Now I dwell around 195 lbs around 12-14% bf. I started off doing 23:1 for about 3 months. I shifted into 20:4 for a couple of months, and I have been into 16:8 ever since. I also did all of this while Boxing and strength training. It was the mental clarity, digestive benefits, and the release from the „bodybuilding“ dogma of 5-6 meals per day that kept me going @ first. Now it’s part of my lifestyle and it just feels natural. I just want to encourage everyone who has thought about doing IF, but has been too afraid physically or emotionally due to some ridicule that may come from nay-sayers! Try it for yourself and remember that we are to eat to live and not just live to eat. It works! The data from the science speaks for itself.

  13. melbaround sagt:

    I’ve been keto 6 months with intermittent fasting up to 38 hours and no mental clarity. Nothing different. Anything else I can do to facilitate this mental clarity people speak of?

  14. Helen Perala sagt:

    Thanks to Mark for this sensible talk. At last, the world is finally catching on. Perhaps it wont be in time, or may be it will? I hope it will.

  15. Melantis Obtrusis sagt:

    Professor Mattson, how about the levels of cortisol by stressing your body into fasting? Wouldn’t be part of the trade-off and be a negative outcome of fasting?

  16. rahxephon52 sagt:

    great talk! the Mental benefit is definitely there.

  17. Cleber Roberto sagt:

    This phrase of Plato always bothered me!

  18. Jon Lynch sagt:

    He fasted, but wore his fat shirt.

  19. Bryan John sagt:

    Over a thousand comments here posted..hehe

  20. Marcelo Zimbres sagt:

    Not a particularly health looking person.

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