There are many studies that prove that the ketogenic diet is effective tool in fight against tumors and cancer. Particularly high efficiency in treatment of brain tumors, brain cancer, and is effective for a number of other neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury and stroke.
What is Ketogenic Diet
It has been proven that a diet with high fat and low carbohydrate effect on cancer cells by starving them which prevents their further growth and progress. Ketogenic diet affects the mechanisms in the energy metabolism of the brain. In fact, under normal physiological conditions the brain as the only metabolic fuel uses glucose. When glucose is limited, the brain reaches for ketone bodies for energy – for example, a similar thing happens in therapeutic fasting in humans.
The ketogenic diet is based on a process called ketosis. It is a specific state of the organism, which is characterized by elevated levels of ketones in the blood, which occurs due to the conversion of fats into fatty acids and ketones. This occurs when the body gets a certain period of very small amounts of carbohydrates.
When you start with this type of diet, the body goes through several changes, adaptations. After about 48 hours from the start of the diet, the body starts to use ketones in order to efficiently use the energy stored in fat cells. In other words, the primary source of energy for the body cease to be carbohydrates (ie, glucose), while they are replaced by fat, fatty acids. Because of that, during ketosis is not a problem to eat food with higher amounts of fat than would otherwise seem reasonable. During this diet mostly with foods rich in fat and protein and low in carbohydrates to a state of ketosis is help for necessary time. In this way, the body rapidly loses weight (primarily in the fat).
In 1995, a survey was conducted on the two girls with brain tumors that were no longer able to operate. Both girls have reacted well to ketogenic diet and they did not need further chemotherapy or radiation therapy, which proves that this diet can reduce the glycolytic energy metabolism of brain tumors.
It is necessary to be careful with this diet and look after food intake. Therapeutic efficacy of the food is optimal when the ratio of dietary fat in relation to the carbohydrate, and protein in a ratio of 4: 1. That’s why you need to pay particular attention to the calculation by the consumption of foods.