You are probably thinking what ketogenic diet really is, and how this “diet” can actually fight a dreaded disease like cancer. That is why, we’ve created this article to share with you the things that you should know about this ‘not-so-common’ cure for cancer.

Ketogenic diet stimulates several health benefits for the human body. These benefits are rising when our body is experiencing starvation. Tracing back human history thousands of years ago, humans do not have any good access to their everyday food. Humans often go several days without any food hunt — a routine similar to wild animals. Humans are biologically built to last long period of time without food intake. This is the foundation of Ketogenic diet.

Ketogenic diet promotes the metabolic formation of ketone bodies by causing the body to use fat (rather than sugar) as its main energy source. On the other hand, systemic metastatic cancer is an invasive process in which cancer cells from the primary tumor travel long distances through the body and compete with the body’s native cells for survival at a distant organ (Poste and Fidler, 1980)

The human body has only 2 sources of energy, fat and sugar (glycogen). The body uses sugar as its main provider of energy if there is a lot of glucose stored therein. On the other hand, when the body runs out of sugar, it is switching its energy source to fat. This only happens when the body has used all its glycogen reserves.

In this body mode, the ketone bodies are produced. These are molecules created by the liver from fatty acids during starvation period, fasting, low food intake, carbs restrictive diets, and long, intense exercise.

Ketogenic diet, nowadays, is being used to treat cancer, seizure disorders like epilepsy, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. That being said, Joe Rogan and Dr. Dom D’Agostino conducted a study entitled The Ketogenic Diet and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Prolong Survival in Mice with Systemic Metastatic Cancer. This study explains that ketogenic diet elevates blood ketones and slow cancer progression in both animals and humans. The study also revealed that the ketogenic diet “significantly decreased blood glucose, slowed tumor growth, and increased mean survival time by 56.8 percent in mice with systemic metastatic cancer.”

Using Oxygen therapy alone provides no positive effect on treating cancer. However, if oxygen therapy is combined with ketogenic diet, this creates a great decrease in blood glucose and tumor growth rate. This study identified a 77.9 percent increase in mean survival time

There are multiple better solutions for treating cancer rather than the conventional chemotherapy, radiation, and surgeries. Our planet is filled with different treatments that are safe and effective compared to what is common to science. Moreover, the body also has its defense mechanism that can cure harmful diseases that it can encounter. Rather than curing, prevention is still our best solution towards any health problem. More than anyone else, ourselves is our best protector.