Japanese cellular biologist proves that fasting is good for health

A Japanese cellular biologist has scientifically validated that fasting is good for human health, reported by a Russian newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Yoshinori Ohsumi, a cellular biologist from Japan, discovered the mechanisms of autophagy or the process of utilizing and recycling unnecessary or dysfunctional cellular components.

The Japanese scientist won a Nobel Prize in physiology and medicine for his discovery on how cell processes its content.

In the Nobel Prize Committee press release, it said that Ohsumi’s discoveries “have opened new ways of understanding the fundamental importance of autophagy for a large number of physiological processes, such as adaptation to starvation and response to an infection.”

“Autophagy becomes especially intensive when an organism is under stress, for example, when it fasts. In this case a cell produces energy using its internal resources, that is, cellular rubbish, including pathogenic bacteria,” the press release read. 

“The Nobel Prize winner’s discovery indicates that abstaining from food and keeping fasts is wholesome—the body truly cleans itself. This is confirmed by the Nobel Prize Committee,” the statement read.

This latest discovery proves there are health benefits from fasting which is recommended to abled-bodied Muslims particularly on the month of Ramadhan.

Muslims fast by abstaining from eating, drinking, and engaging in carnal activities starting before the dawn breaks and ends at sunset. 

Fasting during the month of Ramadhan is one of the five pillars of Islam.