Why Fasting Boosts Brain Power – Mark Mattson

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.

“Fasting is a challenge to your brain and your brain reacts to that challenge of not having food, by activating adaptive stress-response pathways that help your brain cope with stress and resist disease.”