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Study: Ketogenic Diet Appears to Prevent Cognitive Decline in Mice

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Two new studies done in mice have confirmed the positive health effects you might get from following a ketogenic diet. In one study, researchers at the University of Kentucky found that mice on a keto diet had improved neurovascular function, which plays a major role in cognitive function. According to MedicalXpress, the researchers noted that since the keto diet had already demonstrated effectiveness in treating certain diseases, they wanted to see if the diet could also help healthy individuals — and it did.

In the second study, researchers found that calorie restriction functions as a sort-of fountain of youth for aging rodents. While they shied away from declaring it applicable to humans, they did say that “it's realistic to think that a study in humans could follow relatively quickly.”

While they didn’t mention intermittent fasting specifically in these studies, it’s no secret that one of the best ways to achieve calorie restriction is through fasting, especially in conjunction with a ketogenic diet. Fasting works by upregulating autophagy and mitophagy — natural cleansing processes necessary for optimal cellular renewal and function.

When it comes to fasting, most of these rejuvenating and regenerating benefits occur during the refeeding phase, not the “starvation” phase, and the same holds true for nutritional ketosis, which produces the greatest benefits when pulsed. It’s for this reason that I support cyclic ketosis, which provides many of the same health benefits associated with intermittent fasting, and when done together, most people will experience significant improvements in their health, including but not limited to mere weight loss.

What this boils down to is that learning to eat so your body burns fat for fuel by following the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet is crucial for getting on the road to health. The benefits of this type of diet are the primary focus of my most recent book, "Fat for Fuel," and my complementary online course, which guides you through seven engaging lessons to teach you how your body works at the molecular level, and how different foods affect your body.

My latest book, “Superfuel,” goes the next step and explains what’s good, what’s not and how to tell the difference when it comes to knowing which fats are the best.

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