Fasting has been prescribed in the Holy Quran in Al-Baqarah (2:183)
“O you who believe! Observing al-sawn (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become al-muttaqûn (the pious).” ~ Holy Quran
Islam has prescribed fasting in the Quran 1400 years ago. Today we seeing more and more research that prove the physical benefit of fasting for the body and mind. Indeed this ancient commandment that has been prescribed for thousands of years can both prevent and treat disease and illness making it a “holistic” practice that beneficial for the mind, body and spirit.
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.
It’s interesting because fasting and caloric restriction has been shown to grow new stem cells, repair DNA, extend life span and retard age related disease and a much more, it’s even been shown to be effective as a cancer treatment in conjunction with chemotherapy drugs.