Health Benefits of Islamic Intermittent Fasting

PAKKIR MAIDEEN, NAINA MOHAMED and Jumale, Abdurazak and Alatrash, Jamil IH and Abdul Sukkur, Asali Ahamed (2017) Health Benefits of Islamic Intermittent Fasting. Journal of Nutrition,Fasting and Health, 5 (4). pp. 162-171.

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Background & Objective:  Islamic fasting is observed by millions of Muslims across the world during the holy month of Ramadan and other specific  days of the lunar year. Fasting  Muslims  abstain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset. Depending on season and geographical location, Muslims  maintain fasting for approximately 13-18 hours per day. The present study aimed to review the benefits of Islamic fasting.Materials and Methods:  This literature review was conducted via searching in  databases like Medline, PubMed, PMC, Google Scholar, ScienceDirect, and reference lists of relevant articles using keywords like health benefits, Islamic fasting, intermittent fasting, alternate-day fasting, time-restricted feeding, and Ramadan intermittent fasting.Results: Islamic fasting could be considered as intermittent fasting as it is similar to alternate-day fasting and time-restricted feeding. Intermittent fasting is associated with numerous health benefits.Conclusion:  According to this review, some of the main health benefits of Islamic fasting include weight loss, attenuation of metabolic markers (e.g., insulin resistance, blood glucose, and blood pressure), improved lipid profile, prevention of chronic problems (e.g., obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer), protection against neurodegeneration, and diminished inflammation.Keywords: Health Benefits, Ramadan Fasting, Islamic Fasting, Intermittent Fasting, Alternate-day Fasting, Time-restricted Feeding

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health
WD Nutrition Disease and metabolic diseases
Divisions: Journals > J Fasting And Health
Depositing User: Journal of Nutriton Fasting and Health
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2018 07:12
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2018 07:12

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