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Ketogenic Diets, Neurological Research

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 10, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Hello, I'm A newbie. I have a specific question directed towards Amy B, as well any other members on this forum, that being, I would apprecitate any research cites on the neurological benefits of a ketogenic diet, other than epilepsy. Thanking you all in advance. Regards.

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on July 12, 2012
at 01:15 PM

Hey Kaz, I didn't forget about you. Just wanted to clarify what you're looking for. I looked at the articles I have and most of them are specific to Alzheimer's. Some of them cover general mitochondrial dysfunction, which is at the heart of some of the brain issues keto helps with. I don't have much on things outside Alzheimer's, but what they say about ketones being good for the brain would hold true for any condition of the central nervous system. Lemme know if you still want them. Also - how well-versed are you in biochem? Some of the papers are pretty nitty gritty!

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on July 11, 2012
at 08:53 AM

It's a little difficult to be precise, but about a year, give or take a few months. I was always real foodish/high-fat, but after my accident I discovered ketones and decided to try it. At that time I had a lot of problems with memory, focus, paresis in hands, head and neck that seem to correlate with my sugar intake. It worked, but I am still 'mindfull ketogenic' so I can't be certain on how long. Today I only experience these problems if I drink to much beer!

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on July 11, 2012
at 07:55 AM

Jan, for how long did you maintain a ketogenic diet post-injury?

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on July 11, 2012
at 03:54 AM

@Amy B: I tried to e-mail you at TuitNutrition and gmail would not recognize the e-mail address :-/ I would love the links. I also have gmail and my e-mail is Bigfatfluffy

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on July 11, 2012
at 12:50 AM

Migraines...In addition to to the already mentioned.

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on July 10, 2012
at 06:48 PM

In the meantime you can do a search on PubMed for any terms you're interested in -- ketogenic diets and Alzheimer's/Parkinson's/ALS/mild cognitive impairment, etc. Like Jan said below, keto diets have had success for TBI as well.

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on July 10, 2012
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Oh my goodness, I have a TON. I'm at work right now, but I'll post some links this evening. (I have them all on my laptop at home.) If you want, feel free to email me and I can send you the pdfs, because you might not have free access to the full-text articles on PubMed the way I do through my school. TuitNutrition at gmail dot com.

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on July 10, 2012
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Me again...

For now, you can check out the links posted in Dave S's reply in this thread:

Keto & Brain Function

They're mostly blogs and websites, but some of those have links to a couple of good studies.

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on July 10, 2012
at 06:42 PM

There is a lot of interesting science that implicates neurological benefits of ketogenic diets in Traumatic Brain Injury! As a TBI survivor, I can personally recommend it for a period! Going close to zero-carb and gorging on coconut oil saved my brain! It can be relevant in Parkinsons and AD too.

Check out these and follow the links, its interesting!

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2857668/?tool=pubmed http://www.nature.com/jcbfm/journal/v28/n12/full/jcbfm200879a.html

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on July 11, 2012
at 08:53 AM

It's a little difficult to be precise, but about a year, give or take a few months. I was always real foodish/high-fat, but after my accident I discovered ketones and decided to try it. At that time I had a lot of problems with memory, focus, paresis in hands, head and neck that seem to correlate with my sugar intake. It worked, but I am still 'mindfull ketogenic' so I can't be certain on how long. Today I only experience these problems if I drink to much beer!

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on July 11, 2012
at 07:55 AM

Jan, for how long did you maintain a ketogenic diet post-injury?

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