The role ketosis might play in MS
Researchers don’t fully understand what brings about the ketogenic diet’s neuroprotective qualities. One theory is that ketones produced by the liver provide more fuel to cells in the brain. These ketones may give these cells the ability to resist damage from MS inflammation.
Finding the good fats
Eating a diet high in fat may sound counterintuitive to healthy living. The key lies in the types of fat you include. Here are some tips for eating healthy fats that are encouraged in the ketogenic Mediterranean diet:
- Use olive, sesame, or avocado oils for salad dressings and meal preparation.
- Avocados, a versatile source of healthy fats and potassium, are great in guacamole, salad dressing, and smoothies. Or use it in place of mayonnaise as a spread on toast or sandwiches.
- Salmon and mackerel, as well as other fish and seafood, are high in omega-3s.
- Almonds, walnuts, pecans, and pistachios are all good sources of monounsaturated fats.
- Pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds are great snacks that contain polyunsaturated fats.
- Chia seeds and ground flaxseeds provide fiber, omega-3s, vitamins, and minerals.
Saturated fats like coconut oil, duck fat, and butter are encouraged in the original ketogenic diet, to help you consume enough overall fats daily. The ketogenic Mediterranean diet recommends moderate intake of saturated fats and higher intake of plant-based unsaturated fats.