A study on the impact of the Eid al-Fitr holiday on the brain suggests that the day of fasting could help with brain function and cognitive performance.
A study conducted by the University of Chicago and the National Institutes of Health has found that the fast is associated with improved cognitive performance, improved memory, reduced stress and increased levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine.
The study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience, found that fasting also reduces inflammation and oxidative stress in the brain.
The researchers measured the levels of different neurotransmitters in the brains of participants who fasted for one week.
These included the neurotransmitter dopamine, the neurotransporter norepinephrine and the inflammatory cytokine IL-1beta.
The team also measured levels of serotonin, the major neurotransmitter in the human brain.
The study found that those who fast during Ramadan had higher levels of these neurotransmitors.
Dr Abhishek Gupta, lead author and an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University at Buffalo, said the study is the first to examine the impact fasting has on the cognitive functions of humans.
“Our findings suggest that the fasting experience can have a significant impact on cognition, especially when combined with other factors such as nutrition, sleep and physical activity,” Dr Gupta said.
“One of the things that we found is that fasting affects brain function in a way that is not easily explained by physical activity.”
We think that these findings could be explained by other factors that we haven’t seen yet,” he added.
Dr Gupta said the researchers are looking to further understand how fasting affects cognition and whether the fasting effect is specific to one particular group or population.”
The longer that people are fasting, the greater the effect on cognition,” he said.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute on Aging.
Dr Keshav Manjhi, a professor in neuroscience at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at Harvard University, said there are many other mechanisms for the effect of fasting on brain function.”
Dr Gupta added that the research could also help researchers understand the relationship between fasting and mental health.””
Or it could be something that prevents oxidative stress, which would be something we don’t know.”
Dr Gupta added that the research could also help researchers understand the relationship between fasting and mental health.
“I think this study is important because it helps us understand what the effect is on cognition and how the brain is affected by the diet,” he explained.
“What this study tells us is that the brain may be a key component of the stress response.
And it’s a common finding that the body is also sensitive to the stress responses.”
This is a very exciting study that’s very timely because we’re seeing a lot of research on stress and cognitive function.
It’s also one of the best studies on fasting,” Dr Kumar said.