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If Your Diet Involves Intermittent Fasting, It's Probably Making You Smarter Too, and We're Intrigued

The ancient practice of fasting finds new acolytes for its brain-boosting benefits, further proven by a new study on mice.

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Diets based on intermittent fasting — cycling between periods of eating normally and eating nothing — are all the rage right now, with everyone from Silicon Valley tech workers to celebrities like Hugh Jackman and The Rock extolling the benefits. But do they really work?

Yes, say experts, and not only do they result in weight loss, recent research shows they improve cognitive function as well.

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