Yesterday, we talked about how dietary interventions can promote healthier aging.
So, today, let’s expand on one of those health benefits.
Because a new study found that a ketogenic approach to the Mediterranean diet can offer robust benefits to the aging brain…
Staving off one of the most dreaded diseases of our time.
Diet and gut health
Researchers compared the effects of a traditional low-fat diet against a high-fat, low-carb diet to the aging brain.
For six weeks, 20 participants—nine with mild cognitive impairment (a precursor to dementia) and 11 with normal cognition—were randomized to follow one of the two eating patterns.
Then, there was a six-week washout period before being instructed to follow the other diet.
To evaluate changes to the gastrointestinal (GI) microbiome, stool samples were collected at study onset, after each dietary period, and six weeks after the second diet concluded.
(Thousands of different bacteria—good and bad—inhabit the GI microbiome. An increase in certain types of bacteria may accelerate the aging process and, potentially, age-related disease.)
Ultimately, subjects with mild cognitive impairment had lower levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) and GABA-producing microbes.
And that’s KEY—as research has connected GABA dysfunction to Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
Make changes TODAY
Now, when it comes to your cognition, I’m always telling you that the choices you make today are what REALLY set the stage for tomorrow.
And keep in mind that even though our brains change as we age, AD and related dementias are not inevitable.
I routinely explain how certain lifestyle factors can benefit your aging brain.
That includes staying physically and mentally active—exercise and “brain games,” like puzzles, can work wonders.
And of course, eating right goes a long way in this fight, too.
My very own A-List Diet is an example of a ketogenic approach to the Mediterranean diet (which is what subjects followed in this new study). Consider ordering yourself a copy today for a more personalized approach to how you can easily incorporate it into your routine.
And to learn more about an all-natural protocol to protect and restore memory, strengthen focus, and fight dementia, I encourage you to check out my Alzheimer’s Prevention and Treatment Plan.
“A side of beef with the Mediterranean diet may lower Alzheimer’s risk.” StudyFinds, 04/06/2023. (studyfinds.org/keto-mediterranean-diet-alzheimers/)