There’s an upside to dieting. According to a new study published in Nature Medicine, there’s a compound that inhibits part of the immune system connected to inflammatory disorders such as atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and type II diabetes.
BHB is a compound that prevents inflammasome, a set of proteins also known as NLRP3. The body creates it during fasting periods, intense exercise, and low carb dieting. To study how the blockage works, researchers at Yale School of Medicine gave BHB to mice with inflammatory disease caused by NLRP3. While the BHB reduced inflammation in the mice, the same results occurred when the mice were given a low-carb diet. Researches concluded that diets that had a ketogenic effect resulted in the natural production of the compound which lowered NLRP3.
Diet has become a four letter word in society but low calorie diets and short term fasts are still advocated by some experts and health gurus.These findings may further the case for changing lifestyle practices to curb chronic diseases.