How the Food You Eat Affects Your Brain

When it comes to what you bite, chew and swallow, your choices have a direct and long-lasting effect on the most powerful organ in your body: your brain. So which foods cause you to feel so tired after lunch? Or so restless at night? Mia Nacamulli takes you into the brain to find out.

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Neuroprotective and disease-modifying effects of the ketogenic diet

The ketogenic diet has been in clinical use for over 80 years, primarily for the symptomatic treatment of epilepsy. A recent clinical study has raised the possibility that exposure to the ketogenic diet may confer long-lasting therapeutic benefits for patients with epilepsy. Moreover, there is evidence from uncontrolled clinical trials and studies in animal models […]

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How Sugar Affects the Brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets […]

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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications

Dr. Palmer described the experiences of two adults in his practice with schizoaffective disorder who had tried a ketogenic diet. Whereas schizophrenia is characterized primarily by psychotic symptoms, people with schizoaffective disorder have to cope not only with psychosis but also with overlapping periods of severe mood symptoms. Signs of psychosis include paranoia, auditory hallucinations, visual hallucinations, intrusive thoughts/images, and/or […]

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The Central Role of Dietary Fat in Forging the Human Brain

There has been a great deal of speculation concerning the dramatic and rapid rate of encephalization of the human brain over the course of our hominin evolution. Our closest primate relative, the chimpanzee has a brain volume of only about 275–500 cm3; only the chimpanzee’s brain hasn’t really changed at all in 7 million years. […]

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‘Metabolic Syndrome’ in Your Brain

  Study provides novel evidence for the effects of metabolic dysfunctions on brain function using the rat model of metabolic syndrome induced by high fructose intake. Study describes that the deleterious consequences of unhealthy dietary habits can be partially counteracted by dietary supplementation of n-3 fatty acid. High sugar consumption impaired cognitive abilities and disrupted insulin […]

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Reverse Engineering Epilepsy’s ‘Miracle’ Diet

Researchers link seizure resistance to a protein that modifies cellular metabolism in the brain. The findings, which shed light on the extremely low-carb ketogenic diet, may lead to the development of new treatments for epilepsy. ScienceDaily: Reverse engineering epilepsy’s ‘miracle’ diet Researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School have proposed an answer, linking resistance […]

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High Fat/Low Carb Diet Could Combat Schizophrenia

Associate Professor Zoltan Sarnyai and his research group from JCU’s Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine (AITHM) have discovered that feeding mice a ketogenic diet, which is high on fat but very low on carbohydrates (sugars), leads to fewer animal behaviours that resemble schizophrenia. ScienceDaily: High fat/low carb diet could combat schizophrenia The ketogenic diet […]

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Ketogenic Diet Shows Promising Results for All Dementia Stages

A ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, and low-carbohydrate diet that produces ketones. Studies show a ketogenic diet can slow and even reverse symptoms of memory loss and cognitive impairment throughout all the dementia stages. You might be asking, “What is a ketogenic diet?” University Health News: Ketogenic Diet Shows Promising Results for All Dementia Stages A […]

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Fueling the Alzheimer’s Brain

In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there are early significant deficits in glucose utilization that become increasingly severe as disease progresses. Clinical Neurology News: Fueling the Alzheimer’s brain with fat Most reports from early-onset AD animal models find that these energy deficits are largely due to defects in mitochondrial complex IV and V, and possibly related to mitochondrial fusion and fission […]

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