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What are the benefits of autophagy?

Autophagy means “self-eat.” This is the state in which your body begins to recycle damaged proteins and pathogens. When proteins become damaged, they can wreak havoc in your body. To prevent this harm, your body uses autophagy to break down damaged proteins with enzymes and to create new healthy proteins.


  • Reduces inflammation

  • Increases your lifespan and health

  • Prevents cancer

  • Slows down the aging process

  • Decreases the risk of disease

  • Helps to recycle protein as a survival mechanism

  • Helps to reduce pathogens in the body

  • Protects neurons and heart cells

  • Gets rid of advanced glycation end products and amyloid plaquing

  • Helps you deal with

• viruses
• bacteria
• fungus
• candida
• biofilms/nanobacteria

How to get into autophagy:

Intermittent fasting

This is a fantastic way to induce autophagy. Fasting for 16+ hours is ideal for autophagy, in Dr. Berg’s opinion. This is by far one of the best ways to get all the benefits from the autophagy.


Along with other healthy benefits for the body, exercise is another excellent way to promote autophagy. You can add exercise to your regimen, but make sure to recover well and not to overtrain.


Drinking coffee may help induce autophagy to some degree. Dr. Berg doesn’t recommend having much more than one cup of coffee each day. Too much caffeine will affect your sleep, which can actually reduce autophagy.


This is a phytochemical that has health-protecting effects, including the ability to induce autophagy. You can get sulforaphane from fresh cruciferous vegetables or DIM supplements. You should be consuming plenty of vegetables (7 to 10 cups) every day.

Green tea

There is a powerful autophagy-inducing compound found in green tea called EGCG. It is great for reducing inflammation and fighting off cancer cells.


A potent autophagy-promoting compound found in turmeric. Turmeric is often found in Indian foods like curry.


It is a compound primarily found in the skin of black grapes and in red wine. Resveratrol has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and autophagy-promoting properties.

Last updated: Jun 14, 2023 14:55 PM