Results from a latest research discovered that ketogenic diet can actually be used to reduce epileptic seizures without a dietary restriction.
Ketogenic diet is a low-carb diet that is high in fat and low in protein and carbohydrates. It is mostly eaten by those who want to lose weight and improve their overall health. The recent study on rats showed that ketogenic diet can help reduce seizures caused by epilepsy. The research team established that epileptic seizures can be reduced by increasing blood ketones using ketogenic supplementation without dietary restriction.
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Keto diet changes the body from burning sugar to burning fat and ketones for energy. Supplementing a normal diet rich in carbohydrate with specific ketogenic agents may considerably suspend seizures caused by exposure to high levels of oxygen.
Lead author Csilla Ari D’Agostino, Assistant Professor at the University of South Florida in the US said;
“Exposure to high-pressure oxygen is also a danger to recreational, technical and military scuba divers, including Navy SEAL divers, as a seizure manifesting underwater can be lethal.”
The researchers used a small hyperbaric environmental chamber to test the effects of ketogenic agents on rats who were fed standard rodent chow, consisting of 70 per cent carbohydrates.
They also received different ketogenic supplements one hour before being exposed to pure oxygen in the chamber. These conditions were maintained until physical symptoms of seizure were detected.
The results revealed that the most effective supplement was a combination of ketone ester and medium-chain triglyceride oil in deferring the beginning of hyperbaric oxygen induced seizures.
Additionally, the latency to seizures was delayed by 219 per cent and the severity of seizure was significantly reduced with ketogenic diet.
The findings were published in the journal Physiological Reports.