3 science-backed benefits of the keto diet
It’s the trendiest diet of the moment, proven to help boost your metabolism and burn fat fast. But aside from helping with fast weight loss, science has proven going keto carries other health benefits.
New research published in the journal Scientific Reports, looked at the effects of a keto diet on neurovascular function, which includes sensory and motor functions, and circulation.
The team of scientists from the Sanders-Brown Centre on Ageing at the University of Kentucky, worked with two groups of nine mice in each, aged between 12 and 14 weeks. The mice ate either a ketogenic diet or regular Western diet for 16 weeks.
Keto and gut microbiome
The results found the mice that had followed the keto diet had better bacterial balance in the gut, and lower blood glucose levels and body weight.
Keto and cognitive decline
However, the most significant results from the study found the keto diet boosted the clearance of beta-amyloid protein in the brain, helping ward of dementia.
“Neurovascular integrity, including cerebral blood flow and blood-brain barrier function, plays a major role in cognitive ability,” explained the study’s author Ai-Ling Lin.
“Recent science has suggested that neurovascular integrity might be regulated by the bacteria in the gut, so we set out to see whether the ketogenic diet enhanced brain vascular function and reduced neurodegeneration risk in young healthy mice.”
This data indicates that caloric restriction could improve neurovascular and metabolic functioning in aging mice, thus protecting their brain health.
Keto and cancer
Another study published in the journal Nature also found the keto diet may help to prevent cancer and make therapy more effective, as the high-fat low-carb approach helps keep blood sugar and insulin in check and simultaneously inhibits tumour growth signals.
For more on this topic, these are 7 keto-approved one-bowl wonder recipes, and this is your 7 day Ketogenic Diet meal plan.
Know someone who would find this interesting? Share this article with them!