13. Low-Carb May Also Have Benefits for Patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease
The benefits of low-carb diets for epilepsy are also emphasized in yet another study (58).
This research also indicates that low-carb may be useful in treating ‘a broad range of neurological disorders characterized by the death of neurons.’
In particular, research has focused on Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
The study above suggests that a ketogenic diet low in carbohydrates could thwart Alzheimer’s disease by delivering more essential fatty acids than you would get from a regular or high-carb diet.
Studies have also demonstrated that taking in higher amounts of unsaturated fatty acids may help prevent the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease (59).
Wait what about saturated fat? A study of 5395 participants found that
higher saturated fat consumption reduced the risk of dementia by 9% (60).
A study that included 937 elderly people over the course of 3.7 years found that those who consumed (61):
- The most carbohydrate had an 89% increased risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
- The most protein had a 21% reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
- The most fat had a 44% reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
The study reveals that a low carb high fat ketogenic diet reduces the risk of cognitive impairment.
14. When You Eat a Higher-Protein Diet, You Enjoy All the Added Benefits of Protein for Your Health.
When you eat a diet which is low in carbohydrates, you typically replace those carbs with fats and proteins.
Proteins are essential for human health. In fact, if you ignore water, around 75% of your body weight is composed of protein.
Proteins have numerous functions and benefits in the human body:
- Protein is essential for the process of DNA replication.
- Enzymes are composed of proteins. Enzymes are responsible for breaking down food and releasing nutrition to your body. That means that when you eat a diet high in protein, you get more out of all the nutrition you consume.
- Many types of tissue in your body are made up of protein, including muscles and skin.
- Protein is vital to immune system function (62, 63)
- Protein helps you to feel full and provides you with energy throughout the day.
- Boost your metabolism, helping you burn more calories throughout the day (64, 65, 66)
These are just a few of the benefits of protein. Since protein makes up the majority of your body tissue mass (not accounting for water), it is vital to all of your body functions.
15. Bulk out If You Work Out
If you are working out while you are dieting and trying to bulk out, you may have struggled to do so while eating a low-fat, low-protein, high-carb diet.
While dramatic increases in protein are not necessary if you do only mild to moderate exercise, that all changes if you are working out extra hard.
High protein consumption can prevent the loss of lean muscle mass while dieting (64).
Additionally, proteins are the building blocks for health muscle tissue.
For that reason, eating more protein in your diet provides your body with the nutrition it needs to repair and grow muscle mass.
That means that if you eat a low-carb diet which is high in protein while working out, you can build muscle more efficiently.
Low Carb Has Numerous Health Benefits: The Evidence Is There
Now you know exactly why so many dieters swear by low-carb. Getting used to a ketogenic diet requires an initial adjustment phase, but as you can see, it can be well worth it.
Stick with a low-carb diet over the long-term and turn it into a lifestyle choice, and you will be able to take advantage of the full benefits for weight loss, cardiovascular health, neuron function, and more.
Now over to you! Did I miss out any health benefits? Whats your experience of low-carb and ketogenic diets? Please share in the comments!
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