The ketogenic diet is proving to be quite beneficial to people with multiple sclerosis. It has improved people’s quality of life by lowering weariness and depression.
Ketogenic diets eliminate carbs in favor of healthy fats and protein. It’s well-known for its weight-loss properties.
People with multiple sclerosis may benefit from a ketogenic diet, which consists mostly of meat, fish, eggs, heavy cream, butter, oils, and non-starchy vegetables such as pea pods, carrots, broccoli, and peppers. People with MS may experience reduced fatigue and depression and report an improved quality of life while on the diet, according to the early research.
A ketogenic diet, which is high in fats, adequate in protein, and low in carbohydrates, allows the body to use fat instead of sugars as its primary source of energy.
The ketogenic diet imitates the fasting condition of the organism. It accomplishes this by drastically reducing carbohydrates and replacing them with healthy fats and protein. As a result, the body prefers fat to carbs and sweets as a primary energy source. On a ketogenic diet, a person might consume a hamburger without the bun and a side of bacon-wrapped brussels sprouts.
The usual side of French fries would be prohibited because, while they are heavy in fat, they are also high in carbohydrates, which the body converts to sugar. Excess carbohydrate consumption would negate the goal of keto, which is to reduce the body’s sugar reserves.
Dietary modifications have been shown to have an impact on the immune system. The ketogenic diet, in particular, may have various benefits for immune-mediated illnesses, so Brenton wanted to see if it could aid MS patients.
According to patient reports as well as laboratory and clinical studies, he and his partners discovered that the diet provided a wide range of benefits. Patients on the keto diet, for example, walked farther and faster in six minutes than they did before starting the diet. Other advantages included decreased total body fat and better fine motor speed, as well as reduced fatigue, depression, and quality of life scores, as well as positive improvements in inflammatory blood indicators.
The researchers conclude that the ketogenic diet is safe in the short term and may be useful in treating MS-related symptoms and overall quality of life, based on their findings.