Sometimes, I come across a rare bit of research that combines all of my favorite subjects into one single report—and vindicates my entire career’s work in one fell swoop.
And when I do, you better believe I’m going to share it. Especially when it has to do with decreasing your risk of Alzheimer’s disease—a growing epidemic without a cure in sight.
Change your gut, rescue your brain
This was a small but well-designed pilot study—randomized, double-blind, and featuring only 17 older adults. (Eleven with diagnosed cognitive impairment, and six with normal cognitive function.)
Researchers assigned subjects to follow either a low-carb, Mediterranean-style, ketogenic diet, or a low-fat, higher-carb diet for six weeks. After that, subjects would switch to the opposite diet.
Here’s where things get interesting: Before and after each six-week diet, researchers analyzed subjects’ gut microbiome, and measured both fecal short-chain fatty acids and Alzheimer’s markers (like amyloid and tau proteins) in cerebrospinal fluid.
Unsurprisingly (to me, at least), they found that patients with cognitive impairment had a number of distinct chemical features in their microbiome—or “bacterial signatures,” as they’re called—compared to their healthy counterparts. And those features were also associated with higher levels of Alzheimer’s markers.
But get this: Results over the course of the study showed that when subjects followed a low-carb, Mediterranean-style, ketogenic diet, it altered the microbiome—including these distinct bacterial signatures—in a way that correlated with lower levels of Alzheimer’s markers in both groups.
Again, I’m not surprised. But let’s hope someone sends mainstream nutrition “experts” the memo…
The best of both worlds
I’ve written before about the brain benefits of the Mediterranean diet. This type of diet is rich in fish, fresh produce, and healthy fats (like nuts and olive oil). And sticking to it is one of the simplest ways to ward off dementia.
But I’ve also shared research showing that ketogenic diets are uniquely powerful against Alzheimer’s disease.
As you may recall, another small pilot study recently found that patients with mild Alzheimer’s saw significant cognitive improvements—more than any drug can offer—simply by sticking closely to a ketogenic diet.
But these improvements disappeared when patients returned to a normal diet. So compliance is obviously important. And this, unfortunately, has led conventional experts to dismiss it as a reasonable strategy for preventing cognitive decline.
But I know better (and now, you do, too).
Indeed, my A-List Diet is low-carb, Mediterranean style, and ketogenic—exactly the kind of diet featured in this latest research. And I assure you that you won’t find a more sustainable and delicious way to transform your health, maximize your microbiome, and preserve your brainpower, too.
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“Diet’s effect on gut bacteria could play role in reducing Alzheimer’s risk.” Science Daily, 09/03/2019. (sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/09/190903120514.htm)