GHPI congratulates Fellow Valter Longo, Ph.D. on the launch of his unique diet Prolon. Here, Dr. Longo is pictured during a recent trip to New York City. He is joined by CEO Edwina Rogers and Fellow Greg Neimeyer, Ph.D.
Longo is harnessing the first evidence of a natural intervention-triggering, stem-cell-based regeneration of organs caused by fasting. A study in the June 5 issue of Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage—a major side effect of chemotherapy—but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.
In both mice and a Phase 1 human clinical trials involving patients receiving chemotherapy, long periods of not eating significantly lowered white blood cell counts. In mice, fasting cycles then “flipped a regenerative switch,” signaling the pathways for hematopoietic stem cells, which are responsible for the generation of blood and immune systems.
ProLon® is the first Fasting Mimicking and Enhancing™ Diet (FMED™) developed to provide the beneficial effects of fasting by making the fasting-mimicking period safe and pleasant. ProLon®, which contains plant-based soups, bars, crackers, olives, drinks, and supplements, is a proprietary 5-day dietary program, providing approximately 750 to 1100 calories per day. It is based on innovative research carried out at two of the world’s leading centers for biomedical and longevity research located at the University of Southern California (USC), the Longevity Institute and the Diabetes, and the Obesity Research Institute. This revolutionary meal plan has been scientifically designed and clinically tested to mimic the effects of fasting, while providing the proper daily nourishment and the feeling of satisfaction.
This Fasting Mimicking Diet is a high nutrition, low protein, low carbohydrate meal plan, that is clinically proven to beneficially change a wide range of biomarkers associated with aging, poor health, and inflammation.
For more information on Dr. Longo’s Prolon, see https://prolonfmd.com/faq/.
For more about the research and clinical trial in support of fasting, see https://news.usc.edu/63669/fasting-triggers-stem-cell-regeneration-of-damaged-old-immune-system/.