Ketogenic diet fights depression, bipolar disorder and aids weight loss

Ketogenic the Wonder Diet

America’s never-ending crusade for slimmer bodies may have gained an ally: the Ketogenic diet.

The low-carb, high-fat diet Ketogenic diet is best known for rapid weight-loss — psychiatrists now say it may also fight depression and bipolar disorder.

There are numerous people calling themselves depressed “who aren’t depressed,” says Rif El-Mallakh, a professor, and psychiatrist at Louisville’s School of Medicine.

“I believe people confuse low energy and depression or sugar crashes with mood swings,” El-Mallakh told the Washington Post. “Those persons might do better with dietary modifications.”

El-Mallakh, the author of “Bipolar Depression”, claimed several patients suffered from bipolar disorder and got relief from following the ketogenic diet. Although reticent to claim diet therapy by itself combats depression, they are satisfied that mood is influenced by diet.

“Research studying the link between diet and mental health is new,” said Michael Bark, a professor at the Deakin School of Medicine in Australia. “The results are uniform and early results show a link.”

Currently, depressive patients are advised to increase their intake of omega-3 fatty acids which have already been confirmed as mood enhancers.

A California woman in 2011, suffered from bipolar disorder and found relief after following the low-carb, high-fat Atkins diet according to Celebrity Health & Fitness.

“I changed my diet because of gastrointestinal problems,” the woman said. “I noticed within a day a marked difference in my head — for the first time in years I felt clear.”

The results don’t surprise Dr. Jeff Volek, a dietitian and professor at Ohio State University.

“By reducing carbs in our diet and substituting healthy fats, we enjoy a better mood as we experience more stable blood sugar levels,” said Volek.

“It was an epiphany when I moved to a ketogenic diet,” Volek added. “I felt better and had more, and more consistent, energy.”

“Fat is your friend,” says Dr. Marina Gafanovich. “The brain thrives on a fat-rich, low-carbohydrate diet.”