10. It May Reduce Tumor Size
Source: Zhou W, et al. The calorically restricted ketogenic diet, an effective alternative therapy for malignant brain cancer. Nutrition and Metabolism, 2007.
Medical interventions for brain cancer can fail to target tumor cell growth and often negatively affect the health and vitality of normal brain cells (33).
This study compared a normal diet (shown as SD-UR) to a higher-calorie (KD-UR) and calorie-restricted ketogenic meal plan (KD-R) in mice with brain cancer.
The bars in the graph represent tumor size. As you can see, the two tumors were reduced by 65% and 35% in the calorie-restricted ketogenic group (KD-R) (33).
Interestingly, no change occurred in the higher-calorie ketogenic group.
Other studies in humans and animals show incredible benefits against cancer, especially when it is caught early (34, 35, 36).
Although research is still in its early stages, it is likely that a ketogenic diet will eventually be used alongside more conventional cancer treatments.