Keto diet is a high fat diet that significantly reduces the intake of carbohydrates. It could complement standard cancer therapies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The goal of the ketogenic diet is to burn fat instead of glucose for the body’s energy source.
When carbohydrate intake is significantly reduced, the body switches to burning fat, a process that produces ketone bodies. Cancer begins when a series of mutations occur in a normal cell. At the same time, Ketone bodies reduce the production of free radicals while at the same time increasing antioxidant capacity in the body. Below are some facts you should know about how Keto Diet impacts cancer.
- Starves the cancer cells of nutrition (glucose).
- Reduces their blood supply (angiogenesis).
- Inhibits important protein kinases that enhance cancer cell multiplication.
- Forces cancer cells to use their defective mitochondrial metabolism.
- Reduces the production of lactate which is normally in excess and enhances cancer cell proliferation.
- Reduces oxidants (antioxidants).
- Reduces inflammation (cytokines).
- Promotes longevity genes leading to neuroprotection.
Free radicals are implicated in causing the mutations that can lead to cancer, but this is also important for people who are living with cancer. However, it is strongly advised that metabolic therapy be used first and in the future may be the only safe treatment.
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