One of the aspects of a VLCHF diet that continually surprises me is the impact of its anti-inflammatory effect. I’ve reported about this from both personal experiences and the experiences of others.

Now – a new Study speaks to the possibility that a Ketogenic diet may protect against gout.

New research from the laboratory of Vishwa Deep Dixit – professor of comparative medicine and immunobiology at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, CT – suggests that the so-called ketogenic diet may help to relieve the symptoms of gout.

Dixit and colleagues conclude that: “Collectively, our studies show that BHB, a known alternate metabolic fuel, is also an anti-inflammatory molecule that may serve as a treatment for gout.”

Emily Goldberg, co-author on the study, associate research scientist, and clinical veterinarian in comparative medicine, explains the findings:

“In isolated neutrophils, [BHB] completely blocked NLRP3 inflammasome activation, even when provided at low concentrations that are physiologically achievable through dietary modification.”

She also suggests that targeting the NLRP3 inflammasome to reduce inflammation during a flare may improve the gout patients’ symptoms. However, she admits that more studies are needed to test this possibility.

This is a whole different spin on dietary modifications for the treatment and avoidance Gout outbreaks.

The studies just keep coming in.