Ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for almost all cancers, says Thomas Seyfried

Studies Show the Keto Diet Starves Cancer Cells

Dr. Seyfried, widely considered the godfather of the nutritional treatment of cancer, joins a growing number of researchers who say the ketogenic diet can treat most forms of cancer.

This is because nearly all the healthy cells in our body have the metabolic flexibility to use fat, glucose and ketones to survive, but cancer cells lack this metabolic flexibility and require large amounts of glucose and cannot survive on ketones. So by limiting carbohydrates (as the keto diet does) we can reduce glucose and insulin, and thus restrict the primary fuel for cancer cell growth.

While this idea may sound new to us lay people, scientists have been aware of this for the past 80 years. This phenomenon was first observed in the 1920s by German physiologist Otto Warburg, who won a Nobel Prize in 1931 for discovering that cancer cells have defective mitochondria and thrive on sugar.

The “Warburg effect” can be exploited by the ketogenic diet, but so far this approach has not been used to fight cancer. However, the tide may soon be turning. Today, there are about a dozen studies that are investigating the use of the ketogenic diet to manage all kinds of cancer.

Meanwhile, the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet has been shown to combat a variety of different diseases, including obesity, epilepsy, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and heart disease. “The ketogenic diet is a single metabolic approach to a multitude of different diseases,” said Dr. Seyfried.

via Ketogenic diet beats chemotherapy for almost all cancers, says Thomas Seyfried – National Celebrity Fitness and Health | Examiner.com.

This post has already been read 1505 times!