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Autophagy Finally Considered for Disease Treatment

Autophagy: good, better, best

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  • Autophagy refers to your body’s process of eliminating damaged cells by digesting them. It’s an essential cleaning out process that encourages proliferation of new, healthy cells, and is a foundational aspect of cellular rejuvenation and longevity
  • Autophagy also destroys foreign invaders such as viruses, bacteria and other pathogens, and detoxifies the cell of harmful materials
  • Autophagy slows down with age, and autophagy defects are known to contribute to a wide variety of diseases, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • By activating autophagy, or repairing the mechanism in cases where dysfunction has set in, researchers believe neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can be successfully treated
  • There are a number of ways to activate and increase autophagy, including fasting, exercise, eating autophagy-boosting foods and AMPK-activating supplements such as berberine and PQQ

By Dr. Mercola

Autophagy literally means "self-eating" and refers to your body's process of eliminating damaged cells by digesting them. It's an essential cleaning out process that encourages the proliferation of new, healthy cells, and is a foundational aspect of cellular rejuvenation and longevity.


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