The Ketogenic Diet’s effect on the Brain

In the 1920’s the Ketogenic Diet  was developed as a cure for epilepsy. Studies found numerous amounts of success among pediatrics especially. The idea is that the diet adjusts how the brain uses sugar. That being said with its effect on epilepsy, what effect can the ketogenic diet have on other forms of brain damage and diseases?

Two studies were conducted on the diets effect on an aging rat brain in order to see its effects in comparison to a brain with Alzheimer’s and the diets effect on someone with brain damage.

Both studies showed cognitive improvement in the subjects and in the case of the subject with brain damage, existing neurological cells were able to be protected from further damage and new cells were able to rejuvenate.

In relation to Alzheimer’s, a study was conducted to find the cause of it. It revealed that Alzheimer’s develops in part due to the brain’s inability to transport glucose. A  Glucose transporter defect is also the primary cause of a condition known as Glucose transporter type I deficiency syndrome (Glut-1DS). According to the Charlie Foundation website the most effective treatment for Glut-1DS is the Ketogenic Diet.

For more information on the Ketogenic Diet’s effect on diseases of the brain and the body in general visit the Charlie Foundation website.