Autophagy is a natural process or recycling cells in your body. The word literally means “self” and “eating,” and is your body’s way of getting rid of cellular junk. You are made up of trillions of cells, and these cells are constantly being made and destroyed. Some cells get damaged and can then become dangerous to the body. Imagine all the rubbish you build up in your house, the food waste, packaging, broken items etc. Now imagine you had no way of getting rid of all this waste, it just grew bigger. Autophagy is a way of getting rid of all the harmful cellular waste in your body. Not only does it get rid of damage cells but it breaks them down and from the waste, energy and the building blocks to create new cells are produced.
Because autophagy rids the body of potential dangerous damaged cells and creates new cells it’s very good for anti-aging. It protects the brain cells , helping to regrow new brain cells. And the heart, regrowing new heart cells, the immune system etc. After infection, autophagy can destroy bacteria and viruses. Autophagy protects against diseases like Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and certain forms of dementia. It has also been reported to be beneficial against infections and protects against excessive inflammation.