Ketogenic Diet Could Give New Cancer-Fighting Drugs a Big Boost

A low-carb — aka ketogenic or keto — diet may be the perfect partner for the cancer industry’s newest drugs. Researchers disappointed in anticancer drugs targeting the PI3K enzyme, which has been linked to cancer mutations, believe the keto diet may help give the drugs a dramatic boost in effectiveness, BGR reports. The science behind it involves the way PI3K works with insulin production. It’s important for insulin levels to be lowered and stabilized for the drugs to work, and the keto diet, which emphasizes consuming fat for fuel, achieves that perfectly, the scientists said.

It’s hard to believe it’s been over two years since I began writing about how a high-fat diet can help starve cancer cells and rebuild mitochondria necessary for fighting cancer. The metabolic theory of cancer is quite simple, really: The foundational aspect that must be addressed is the metabolic mitochondrial defect, and this involves radically reducing the non-fiber carbohydrates in your diet and increasing high-quality fats.

When you switch from burning glucose as your primary fuel to burning fat for fuel, cancer cells really have to struggle to stay alive, as most of their mitochondria are dysfunctional and can't use oxygen to burn fuel. At the same time, healthy cells are given an ideal and preferred fuel, which lowers oxidative damage and optimizes mitochondrial function. The sum effect is that healthy cells begin to thrive while cancer cells are "starved" into oblivion.

For optimal health, you need sufficient amounts of carbohydrates, fats and protein. However, since the advent of processed foods and industrial farming, making healthy selections has become a more complex affair. There are healthy carbs and unhealthy ones. Ditto for fats. There are also important considerations when it comes to protein, as excess protein also contributes to poor health. From my review of the molecular biology required to optimize mitochondrial function and to burn fat for fuel optimally, it is best to seek to have about:

  • 75 to 85 percent of your total calories as healthy fat
  • 8 to 15 percent as carbs, with twice as many fiber carbs as non-fiber (net) carbs
  • 7 to 10 percent of your calories as protein (high-quality grass-fed or pastured meats and animal products)

As more and more research shows that many cancer patients fare better without chemo, I predict that controlling your insulin levels by limiting your intake of processed foods and sugar with a ketogenic will become a frontline treatment for cancer. The best news, however, is that those who already have cancer not only can help fight cancer it with a fat-for-fuel diet, but those who don’t have cancer can also mount the best cancer prevention by adopting a keto diet now. Combined with intermittent fasting, you have a win-win program to get and stay healthy.

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