Study reveals low carbohydrate diet may be effect in Parkinson’s

low carbohydrate dietDiets that contain high amount of fat and low carbohydrates have been found helpful in accomplishment of weight loss and against sclerosis and other against autoimmune diseases. A new research hopes to find out whether the very method can be helpful for patients of Parkinson’s disease, according to the report published by Portland Business Journal on weight loss on 28th August.

The National college of Natural Medicine (NCNM) and Legacy Health are set to initiate a clinical trial early next year. The trial is planned to compare ketogenic diet with Standard American Diet. Notably, the former is constituted of 5% carbohydrates, 15% protein and 80% fat while the latter is comprised of only 30% – 35% fat.

According to Angela Senders, It is a very complex diet for the masses to adopt. Senders is licensed to practise naturopathy and is the NCNM research assistant director. However, the ketogenic diet with its low carbohydrate and high fat constituents has been in use to control the occurrence of seizures in kids since decades ago.

Alar Mirka, the Legacy Health Institute clinical research director, has started the trial. He hopes that the approach will be effective due to the mechanism that nutritional ketosis involves.

Ketogenic diets with low carbohydrates and high fats are planned to compel the use of fat as fuel by the human body. The brain utilises the ketones as a source of energy for it. This causes increase in the levels of adenosine molecules. It is notable that the deficiency of adenosine is remarkable characteristic of the cells of nerves of patients of Parkinson’s disease.

However, caution is advised by Senders regarding fat sources. For instance, she suggests avocados and a kind of salad with toppings of olive oil. Rather than a sautéed sausage in greased bacon with toppings of cheese, nuts can be nutritious snacks, according to Senders. It is critical for weight loss.

Protein and excess fat are precisely the exactly the issue why some dieticians argue against the trend of low carbohydrate and Paleo diets. According to some nutritionists, modification of Paleo diet into a more vegetarian plan is an option. Dietician Alexis Joseph recommended the same in an interview with Huffington Post on 28th August.

Alexis contended that Paleo diet prohibits most of quality protein sources for vegetarians. Lack of quinoa or peanuts, dairy, soy, etc. means it is a challenge to get the “good” protein mentioned by her.

Therefore, she has compromised. While Alexis supports the free of processed food, gluten free and sugar free principle of Paleo Diet, she suggests addition of beans, quinoa and lentils for vegetarian protein.

However, everyone has his/her own statement on the potential for weight loss through Paleo diets. Paleo purists reject the idea of adding any lentil or grain, which are toxic, according to them, and hinder benefits of animal protein. However, both supporters and opponents of addition of fibres agree that the principle of eliminating processed food, gluten and sugar in Paleo diet does facilitate achievement of weight loss more effectively, quickly and easily.

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