Dr Francy Pullikan, an internal medicine specialist at Burjeel Hospital Muscat, on the health benefits of fasting during Ramadan.
As the Holy Month of Ramadan enters its final week or so, Muslims all over the world are fasting from dawn to dusk. Ramadan is undertaken for the purpose of spiritual growth, being one of the five pillars of Islam. And it comes with an array of health benefits. Quite a number of research papers have been published regarding the benefits of fasting that could positively influence our overall health. These include weight-loss, reduced levels of bad cholesterol, increased levels of good cholesterol and a reduction in blood pressure.