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Keto 101 – Cognitive Health and Ketones


One thing people say to me when they
come in practice is memory brain fog confusion I went upstairs why did I go I
don’t remember we all have that. The effects are to use an overuse
scientific term, pleiotropic. In other words the effects are widespread a lot of it stems from a lack of fuel to the brain so in that instance why aren’t
we providing them with a fuel source that it can take up and utilize There’s a lot of research that’s been done on youth and the impact that ketones have on the brain focus concentration so there is there is
research that exists and some research coming out as well I look at the role of
exogenous ketones there as well from a mental standpoint. 20 percent of the energy that’s used in our body goes to our brain even though it
only makes up two percent of the weight of our body BDNF in the brain actually
helps to form new neural connections in the brain and again in the past it kind
of always thought like that’s it if this is what my brain is doing there’s
nothing I can do to fix it and that’s not true
that’s what neuroplasticity is all about we can change how our brain is working
and how its communicating so this BDNF protein is essential in that
function the ketogenic diet increases the production of brain derived
neurotrophic factor in your brain this is the factor that allows us to be
plastic in our brain to adapt and change so young people have very high BDNF and
they’re very plastic as you get older you get less and less. People who have low BDNF
and find that their brain they have atrophy in a certain area of the brain
that is key for memory so this area seems to be a little bit lower and
people who have higher levels throughout life have a reduced risk of cognitive
decline. We’re also showing a decline in that BDNF protein and cognitive
health and then of course when that research continues what do we see from a ketogenic diet and beta-hydroxybutyrate we see improvement in the production of
that BDNF protein and so some people are concluding that this may be
why we’re seeing greater cognitive outcomes when people
are following a ketogenic diet or supplementing with ketones due to the
potential link between beta-hydroxybutyrate and this BDNF
protein which is essential for our brain and for brain repair. The impact of ketogenic dieting again on longevity we’re doing a lot of stays on that and seeing
a lot of positive effects and that that’s super exciting me because you
keep people around longer more fulfilled and being able to really live their life
for a much longer time. And so we’ve learned a lot from several other
colleagues who are talking and doing a lot with coconut oil and MCTS and now
ketones is that new generation that substance that can cross the blood-brain
barrier and provide that fuel source to potentially help and provide that fuel
that their brain is starving for.

Randall Smitham

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  1. Karen McGale Posted on July 27, 2019 at 5:51 pm

    Woah! This is amazing information!

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