9. It Can Reduce Epileptic Seizures
Source: Martins LD, et al. Effect of the classic ketogenic diet on the treatment of refractory epileptic seizures. The Journal of Revista De Nutrição, 2012.
Since the 1920s, researchers and physicians have tested and used the ketogenic diet for the treatment of epilepsy (2).
As shown in this graph above, one study found that 75.8% of epileptic children on a ketogenic diet had fewer seizures after only one month of treatment (32).
Moreover, after 6 months, half of the patients had at least a 90% decrease in seizure frequency, while 50% of these patients reported a complete remission.
At the start of the study, a large majority of subjects were malnourished and below a healthy weight. By the end of the study, all subjects had reached a healthy weight and improved their nutritional status (32).
One year after the diet, 5 of the 29 participants remained seizure-free, and several of the participants reduced or completely stopped their anti-seizure medication.
Bottom Line: A ketogenic diet can help reduce the frequency of seizures in epileptic children. In some cases, the diet can eliminate seizures altogether.