Note from Fresh: If you’re new to the Ketogenic diet, we recommend you read our post “3 Things to Know About the Ketogenic Diet” first.
In addition to losing weight and boosting your energy, a Ketogenic diet has a host of other amazing health benefits. Here are some of our favorite potential health benefits.
While there's still a lot more research to be done on the topic, a 2014 report in the National Institute of Health[NIH] states that Ketones, an alternative fuel source produced by the liver when the body is lacking glucose, can potentially hinder tumor growth because it starves cancer cells from its main source of energy – glucose.
Glucose is the fuel our body creates from carbohydrates. By greatly reducing the amount of carbs we consume when following a Ketogenic diet, we’re limiting the production of glucose and potentially starving cancer cells.
“Previous studies indicate that unlike healthy tissues, cancer cells are unable to effectively use ketone bodies for energy,” the NIH report states. “Furthermore, ketones inhibit the proliferation and viability of cultured tumor cells.”
While the study was only conducted in mice, the potential cancer-fighting benefits of a Ketogenic diet are exciting. We look forward to more studies on this amazing Ketogenic benefit in the future.
The NIH also published a report in 2015, which states that a Ketogenic diet can inhibit inflammasome, which is responsible for inflammation responses in the body.
Inflammation can cause a host of major health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and even depression. It is also responsible for common dermatological problems, such as eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
“Our findings suggest that the anti-inflammatory effects of caloric restriction or Ketogenic diets may be linked to [ketone]-mediated inhibition of the NLRP3 inflammasome (inflammation),” the report states.
This recent study of the Ketogenic diet is likely just the tip of the iceberg. As more and more people undergo this lifestyle transformation, we’re hopeful more information and studies will take place showcasing the overall health benefits of this healthy low-carb diet.
Help Your Eyesight
In a medically reviewed article on WebMD, high blood sugar levels can cause the lens of the eye to swell, which negatively impacts your vision.
According to the National Eye Institute, which is part of the NIH, diabetics without optimal glucose control are at a higher risk of developing diabetic retinopathy and other diseases because of high levels of glucose, aka blood sugar.
Even though the amazing health benefits of a Ketogenic diet are still being evaluated, we’re hopeful we’ll see more than just improved eyesight by following this healthy, transformative diet overtime.
Try Keto by Fresh
As a company founded by body builders and health-minded individuals, we’re eating our Ketogenic meal plan too! We have not only developed a perfectly portioned and balanced Ketogenic meal plan delivered right to your door, but we’ve experienced the lifestyle transformation as well.
In anywhere from two to 10 days, Fresh foodies who transition to the Ketogenic meal plan have reported positive changes in their overall energy and also increased weight loss, for those looking to lose weight.
Our team of highly skilled chefs are continually developing new, tasty and healthy prepared Ketogenic meals. In addition to our weekly staples, we have a rotating Ketogenic menu that is always made Fresh.
Discover more about our Ketogenic meal plan today.
1. D’Agostino, DP., Seyfried, TN., Arnold, P., Ari, C., and Poff, AM. “Ketone supplementation decreases tumor cell viability and prolongs survival of mice with metastatic cancer.” (May 14, 2014.) National Institute of Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24615175
2. “The ketone metabolite β-hydroxybutyrate blocks NLRP3 inflammasome-mediated inflammatory disease.” (Feb. 16, 2015.) National Institute of Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25686106
3. “Diabetes and Blurred Vision.” (Jan. 21, 2017.) https://www.webmd.com/diabetes/diabetes-blurred-vision
4. “Facts About Diabetic Eye Disease.” (September 2015.) https://nei.nih.gov/health/diabetic/retinopathy