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A high-fat diet may be helpful in combating neurodegeneration.
- July 4, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Today, nutritionists from Hopkins University presented a rather unusual study on how a special Atkins diet consisting mainly of high fat and low carbohydrate content can improve the cognitive state of patients with various neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's or Parkinson's. Everything lies in a certain balance of these two substances.
Specialists from Hopkins University conducted preliminary tests aimed at examining how a low-carb and high-fat diet can affect the cognitive abilities of people with a particular neurodegenerative disease.
The study focused on 14 adults who followed this Atkins diet for three months – after the expiration of the preliminary deadline, scientists noticed that their brain began to more actively absorb and disband glucose, because it is this substance that is replaced by a lack of carbohydrates – as a result, their brain began more optimal use of ketones as the main substances in the distribution of energy. At the same time, specialists also noticed an improvement in the cognitive state of patients already at the early stages of such a treatment-diet.
It is worth noting that the Atkins diet presented is nothing more than one of the most interesting and alternative options for improving the overall state of the intestinal environment and, as a result, the state of the brain, regardless of the tasks it performs. In addition, experts noted that with improved ketones and improved glucose uptake and disintegration, patients also improved their long-term memory, which could also be a result of improved neuron performance in general. So far, it remains to wait for follow-up comments and news regarding the benefits and side effects of this Atkins diet for people with various neurodegenerative diseases.