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Ketogenic diet can help reduce epileptic seizures

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Besides helping lose weight and improve their overall health, consuming a -- which is high fat, low protein and low carbohydrates -- can help reduce caused by epilepsy, finds a recent study on rats.

The study showed that increasing blood ketones by using ketogenic supplementation can reduce without dietary restriction.

The transitions the body from burning sugar to burning fat and ketones for

Supplementing a normal, carbohydrate-rich diet with specific ketogenic agents may significantly delay caused by exposure to high levels of oxygen.

"Exposure to high-pressure oxygen is also a danger to recreational, technical and military scuba divers, including Navy SEAL divers, as a manifesting underwater can be lethal," said Csilla Ari D'Agostino, at the in the US.

For the study, the team used a small hyperbaric environmental chamber to test the effects of ketogenic agents on rats who were fed standard rodent chow, consisting of 70 per cent carbohydrates.

They also received different ketogenic supplements one hour before being exposed to pure oxygen in the chamber. These conditions were maintained until physical symptoms of a were observed.

Findings, published in the journal Physiological Reports, showed that the most effective supplement was a combination of ketone ester and in delaying the onset of hyperbaric oxygen induced seizures.

Further, with ketone supplementation, the latency to seizures was delayed by 219 per cent and the severity was significantly reduced.



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 19:06 IST