A recent report in MedicalXpress entitled “Lower-carb diet slows growth of aggressive brain tumor in mouse models” has been getting a lot of play on line.

University of Florida Health researchers have slowed a notoriously aggressive type of brain tumor in mouse models by using a low-carbohydrate diet.

A high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that included a coconut oil derivative helped reduce the growth of glioblastoma tumor cells and extended lifespan in mouse models by 50 percent, researchers found. The results were published recently in the journal Clinical Cancer Research.

Once again we find that a Ketogenic Diet will effectively starve the cancer cells that thrive on glucose.

What is interesting is that they used a modified Low Carb diet which provided 10% of the diet from Carbs. Extrapolating – then a person who needs 2,400 calories to stay in place, would ingest 240 calories from Carbs or about 60 grams – a bit more than the 20-30 that would guarantee Ketosis. 

To this diet they added Coconut oil derivative – basically MCT oil which produces Ketones in the presence of Carbs. This provided the extra-energy while allowing a restricted level of Carbs.

While both the ketogenic and modified high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets showed similar effectiveness against tumors in the mouse models, Reynolds said the latter is more nutritionally complete and potentially more appealing to cancer patients because it offers more food choices.

Ah – the old myth shows up – a Ketogenic Diet is inherently not nutritionally complete because it doesn’t allow Carbs. >sigh<

Reynolds said the modified high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet also has another distinct advantage: Cancer patients could potentially find it more palatable because they can eat more carbohydrates and protein than they could on a classic ketogenic diet.

“When you’re sick, you need as many comforts in your life as you can get and food is a huge comfort. That’s the idea: Could we develop a beneficial diet but make it much easier for patients?” Reynolds said.

Bluntly – if I was fighting cancer – I am not sure I would worry about comfort food.

No one is suggesting that eating a VLCHF diet will cure cancer – but if it can be a tool in the treatment tool box – then by all means – go for it.

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