BH017: Is a Low-Carb Diet the Key to Treating Alzheimer’s? with Amy Berger

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Everywhere you go, it seems people can’t stop talking about the ketogenic diet but what is it, how does it work, and isn’t it just the Atkin’s diet revamped? Nutritionist and Author Amy Berger joins the program to share what she learned when researching the topic for her Master’s thesis and book, Alzheimer’s Antidote. Amy says there is proof the ketogenic or low-carb diet can be used to treat Alzheimer’s and other illnesses plaguing us today. Amy’s book, Alzheimer’s Antidote is one of the first books to delve deep into the subject of using ketones to feed neurons in the brain which would otherwise starve when they lose their ability to process glucose.

Key Takeaways:

[2:06] How Amy transitioned from nutritionist to author to write Alzheimer’s Antidote.

[7:18] Ketones give the brain an alternative fuel to stave off dementia.

[18:00] Using a low-carb diet to maintain proper insulin and blood sugar levels.

[29:47] Overcoming doubt about treating Alzheimer’s with a ketogenic diet.

[35:12] Cholesterol is essential for healthy brain function.

[40:09] Are there downsides to a low carb diet?

Mentioned in This Episode:

Tuit Nutrition

Alzheimer’s Antidote: Using a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet to Fight Alzheimer’s Disease, Memory Loss, and Cognitive Decline, by Amy Berger

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