A ketogenic diet is great for weight loss, but did you know it improves brain function? People following a keto diet report clearer thought, better memory recall, and improved learning and science backs up their claims.
Animal studies show that rats on a ketogenic diet had improved cognitive performance as they aged. A different rat study showed that, compared to animals on a standard Western diet, rats on keto were protected from “diet-induced cognitive impairment”.
But what about human studies? They show keto dieting offers even short-term improvements in memory function in older adults. Related studies show the keto diet boosts ATP concentrations and raises the number of hippocampal mitochondria in the brain by up to 50%. That suggests an improvement in memory, learning, and emotion for subjects.
Dr. Myhill has studied the connection between the keto diet and improved brain (and heart) function and states in this article that when burning ketones for energy, the brain and heart run at least 25% more efficiently! Remember: your brain uses about a FIFTH of your body's total energy, so boosting its performance by that much is a huge gain alongside all the other benefits from a keto diet.
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