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Improving Epilepsy Through Diet

Interesting research has come out showing a high-fat, low-carb diet can be beneficial to kids suffering from epilepsy. Researchers found that providing children who suffer from more stubborn epilepsy with a high-fat, low-carb diet (a "ketogenic diet") significantly reduced their frequency of seizures. After being randomly assigned either a standard diet or ketogenic diet, children consuming the ketogenic diet on average reduced their frequency of seizures by one third. Moreover, 38 percent of children consuming a ketogenic diet experienced a 50 percent reduction in seizure frequency. Researchers concluded that ketogenic diets were both safe and effective for children with drug-resistant epilepsy.

Source: Lancet Neurology, online May 3, 2008.