Here follows a list of the advantages of the keto diet or ketogenic diet. My intention is not to provide a comprehensive list of all the advantages of the keto diet, but to mention some of the key benefits that one can reap from a keto diet.
- According to an article entitled “Essential fatty acids and human brain.” published on the National Centre for Biotechnology Information, our brains are nearly 60 percent fat. Essential fatty acids are amongst the most crucial molecules that determine the brain’s ability to perform as they are required for maintenance of optimal health. However, these essential fatty acids must be obtained from the diet and cannot be synthesised. For more information see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20329590
- According to an article entitled “Mitochondrial biogenesis in the anticonvulsant mechanism of the ketogenic diet.” published on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, a keto diet enhances brain metabolism. For more information see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16807920
- According to an article entitled “Clinical review: ketones and brain injury.” published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, ketones can provide as much as 70% of the brain’s energy needs and researchers are considering the use of ketones for severe brain trauma. For more information see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21489321
- According to an article entitled “Ketogenic Diets and Pain” published on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, Ketogenic diets are well-established as a successful anticonvulsant (epilepsy or seizures) therapy. For more information see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4124736/
- The previously mentioned article also argue that a keto diet reduces inflammation. Compared to glucose metabolism, ketone metabolism produces fewer reactive oxygen species – which are known to contribute to inflammation.
- A ketolytic metabolism from a keto diet also produces fewer free radicals. Free radicals breaks DNA down and can lead to cancer.
- According to the article “Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets” published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, there is strong supportive evidence that the use of a keto diet in weight loss therapy is effective. For more information see https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3826507/
- The previously mentioned article also list the reduction of acne as a possible benefit of a keto diet.
- The article also states that it seems a reasonable possibility that a very-low-carbohydrate diet could help to reduce the progression of some types of cancer. In 1926 Otto Warburg, Franz Wind and Erwin Negelein published “The metabolism of tumors in the body”. In their article they stated that all tumors tested behave fundamentally alike. According to the authors, it is understood that tumor cells obtain the energy required for their existence in two ways: by respiration and by fermentation. Tumor ceils are able to exist a certain time exclusively at the expense of fermentation. On the other hand, respiration alone is sufficient, without fermentation, to maintain the life of the tumor cell. Interfering with one of the two reactions furnishing energy to tumor ceils is not enough to kill them. It is necessary to stop both respiration and fermentation, if the cells are to be killed for want of energy.
This list is by no means a complete list of all of the advantages of a keto diet, but it may highlight areas that are of concern to you and should proof to you that this diet is something to be considered seriously.