Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Antipsychotic Medications


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Low-Carbohydrate Diet Superior to Anti-psychotic Medications

Two remarkable personal stories, as told by their Harvard psychiatrist.

This summer, I was fortunate to participate in the groundbreaking International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research (ISNPR) conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was truly inspiring and exciting to those of us who believe that nutritional approaches are the way forward in the treatment of mental health disorders. While the majority of the presentations at this conference were focused on omega-3 fatty acids, microbiome research, micronutrients, and the Mediterranean diet, there were a few small breakout sessions exploring the potential benefits of ketogenic diets. Ketogenic diets are special low-carbohydrate diets that have been used to treat epilepsy for almost 100 years and show great promise in the management of a wide variety of other brain disorders.

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Gut Microbiota Influences Blood-Brain Barrier Permeability

Blood-Brain Barrier

I’ve experienced the changes in my own blood brain barrier with the changes in my own microbiome first-hand but it is fun to see some studies backing me up.

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Gut microbiota influences blood-brain barrier permeability

A new study in mice, conducted by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet together with colleagues in Singapore and the United States, shows that our natural gut-residing microbes can influence the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, which protects the brain from harmful substances in the blood. According to the authors, the findings provide experimental evidence that our indigenous microbes contribute to the mechanism that closes the blood-brain barrier before birth. The results also support previous observations that gut microbiota can impact brain development and function.

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