What are the health benefits of ketogenic diets?

While the ketogenic diet has been around for a long time, many of the health benefits are only now being clinically quantified and scientifically established [1]. The ketogenic diet is known as an effective tool for weight loss and there is growing evidence to suggest other key health benefits are also experienced [2]:

  • Improves the risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome

  • Lowers and stabilizes blood glucose levels

  • Reduces Type 2 diabetes symptoms and reverses insulin resistance

  • Reduces inflammation and chronic pain from conditions like arthritis [3]

  • Helps manage auto-immune diseases, such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and multiple sclerosis [4]

  • Reduces symptoms of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and epilepsy

  • Elevates mood and energizes the brain, reducing depression and anxiety while increasing focus and attention [5

  • Stabilizes hormonal imbalances associated with conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) [6]

  • Improves energy utilization and enhances physical and mental performance

  • Slows or reverses the progression of cancer (which relies on glucose metabolism) [7]

 

 

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