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8 Reasons to Try Low-Carb for Mental Health

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  • J72FITJ72FIT Posts: 5,085Member Member Posts: 5,085Member Member
    "People currently taking psychiatric medication (or medication of any kind) or who have a history of serious mental health symptoms, such as suicidal ideation, mania, or psychosis, should not embark on a low-carbohydrate diet without additional information and professional support, as medication levels can be affected, and some symptoms may temporarily worsen during the initial weeks of adaptation..."

    That's heavy...
  • JusstSaraJusstSara Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    I've been LCHF for a few months now and haven't really noticed a difference in my mental health. It was good before, when I was eating a high carb diet, and it's still good now eating zero-20 carbs. I have had several physical improvements from lowering carbs but they've been related to digestion, weight, energy levles, mouth health etc.
    edited August 2
  • mbaker566mbaker566 Posts: 9,412Member Member Posts: 9,412Member Member
    Actually, there is a lot of science behind low carb and intermittent fasting helping with longevity and dementia along with issues like bipolar and depression. Highly recommended for people who have the Alzheimer’s APOE gene. Check out researcher Dr. Valter Longo and read about autophagy.

    No. Not eating enough whole grains and fiber increases your risk of cancer.

    I see 3 people don't follow the news or read medical journals.

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  • MikePfirrmanMikePfirrman Posts: 873Member Member Posts: 873Member Member
    As a Psych major (only undergrad) and a keen interest in the Microbiome, I pay attention to advancements in the industry and as a Science Oriented "headhunter" that works with startups, I also keep up with potential innovations/breakthroughs that might come to market.

    I have seen three or four teams of researchers keenly interested in the correlation between one particular bacteria in the Microbiome that seems to be ridiculously correlated with depression. If you don't have it, you tend to be much more susceptible to depression. Feed this bacteria GABA and it increases in volume dramatically. Not as simple as feeding it oral GABA (from my very layman's understanding). You actually have to increase it through adding in a form of E Coli (E Coli Nissle 1917), which was discovered back in WW I and named after the researcher that discovered it in the gut of one soldier that never got sick from diarrhea/dysentery. This form of E Coli actually produces, I gathered, GABA, which is then directly taken in by the lacking bacteria which in turn grows dramatically in number.

    So why not just feed those depressed E Coli Nissle 1917? Well, for one, it's illegal in the US. Secondly, in certain individuals with already compromised Microbiomes, it can become invasive/out of control -- similar to what spore based antibiotics can in sick individuals.

    But just wanted to point out that I do think researchers aren't that far off from coming up with real solutions to depression and it seems that the makeup of your Microbiome is certainly a piece. It's just not that simple, even with diet, to change that makeup quickly in order to make it a therapeutic product for quick results. There are quite a few startups working on this in stealth mode currently. BTW, I'm not giving up any industry secrets. It's you can just put the puzzle pieces together around Linkedin with what teams are put together and what their PhD research was based upon.

    http://staging-rise.s3.amazonaws.com/410/3/947/zf7aumcodrqmxhfneush.pdf?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAIZD5HUIXRXZ4FWDA&Expires=1742865941&Signature=6ODWZE4CmPjHi6Oyu7T8jC6ZMjQ=
    edited August 14
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