Ketones, the byproduct of the body breaking down fat for energy that occurs when carbohydrate intake is low, benefit those with neurodegeneration issues like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and aging-related cognitive diseases.
The production of ketone bodies helps treat cognitive impairment. The brain of people with conditions including epilepsy, Alzheimers and Parkinson's cannot use enough of the available glucose to handle cognition and perception. A ketogenic diet can then assist by providing a backup source of energy.
The standard Western diet is deficient in essential fatty acids which are necessary for the body and brain to function properly. In fact, our current diet, loaded with carbs and unhealthy fats, is detrimental to a healthy brain. Those on the keto diet eat normal amounts of protein, higher amounts of fat than the average person, and they keep their carbohydrate intake very low, less than 50 grams per day. Science shows the keto diet improves brain health. Read more