You guessed it… a Low Carb diet! There are many conditions of the brain that will benefit from the low carb diet. But it doesn’t just help with many conditions, it has actually also been proven to improve mental acuity , giving people who work in a competitive environment a bit of an edge.
Many of the IT gurus of the Silicon Valley in the USA practice a Keto lifestyle to maintain high levels of blood ketones to improve their brain function. Fascinating! But how else can it help?
The Ketogenic diet was actually first developed in 1921 for the treatment of Epilepsy . And it is still a very successful form of treatment for many people suffering from epilepsy, enabling far fewer medications.
It is also great for those with Alzheimer’s disease, and where there is a family history, may well reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Following the research..
Latest research suggests that Alzheimer’s is related to metabolic syndrome, and hyperinsulinemia. It is the 6th leading cause of death, and will affect one in ten people age 65 and older. There is also evidence to suggest improvement in migraine, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bi-polar disorder. There are may psychiatrists who are including a low carb diet for many of their clients to minimise medication use, and improve outcomes.
LCHF has also been shown to be successful in helping people with ADHD, and autism.
The brain working with ketones instead of glucose is less excitable and patients are calmer, with improved cognitive function. It enables a better quality of life. If you have any questions about this, please don’t hesitate to ask. If you are on any medication for any mental disorder, it is important you tell me, so we can work with your prescribing doctor.