A low-carb, high-fat diet may sound like it demands results from the scale, but it does more than cause weight loss. A research team from the University of California at San Francisco found that the diet, known as a ketogenic diet or the keto diet, begins a process that alleviates brain inflammation as well.
By limiting carbohydrates and consuming more healthy fats, the body begins to operate differently, affecting brain inflammation. Raymond Swanson, senior author of the study and professor of neurology at UCSF, said brain inflammation is an important concern for health professionals.
“It’s a key issue in the field — how to suppress inflammation in the brain after injury,” Swanson said in a press release. “The ketogenic diet is very difficult to follow in everyday life, and particularly when the patient is very sick. The idea that we can achieve some benefits of a ketogenic diet by this approach is the really exciting thing here.”