Neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s disease are on the rise, affecting around 6 million people in the US. Ketones have been shown to improve markers associated with Alzheimer’s including brain energy metabolism, neuroinflammation, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial function. The potential benefits of the ketogenic diet for Alzheimer’s disease include improved attention, memory, language skills, brain energy metabolism, executive function, and cerebral blood flow. Although more clinical studies are needed, the ketogenic diet offers a potential therapy to slow, or even halt the progression of Alzheimer’s and mild cognitive impairment.
In a recent study published in the Journal of Future Foods, researchers examined the impact of a ketogenic diet on participants with type 2 diabetes to uncover the potential benefits of carbohydrate restriction beyond a standard low-carb diet.