Friday, September 29, 2023
Mitochondrial Health

Food For Thought – Keto Diets: A Path To Brain Health? With Dr Helena Popovic

Dr Sam Moxon is back for another show in his ‘Food for Thought’ series. In these shows Sam invites leading experts to talk about their work and the connections between diet, brain health, cognition, Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. In this show he welcomes Dr. Helena Popovic to explore the much-debated ketogenic diet and its potential benefits for cognitive function.

Helena is a best-selling author and leading authority on neuroplasticity and improving brain function. She is also a popular media commentator and regularly appears on TV and radio and was a Sydney TEDx Fast Ideas finalist. Helena graduated from the University of Sydney, Australia and her mission is to educate rather than to medicate.

The ketogenic diet, traditionally known for its effectiveness in weight management and treating epilepsy, is making waves in the realm of neuroscience. Dr Popovic sheds light on her research, exploring how this high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet may offer new avenues for cognitive enhancement and brain health.

Listeners can expect to gain:

1. Insight into the mechanisms through which the ketogenic diet affects the brain.
2. A comprehensive understanding of the latest research linking keto to cognitive improvements.
3. Expert opinions on the safety and practicality of adopting a ketogenic lifestyle for long-term brain health.

This episode provides a deep dive into the research surrounding the ketogenic diet and brain health. Whether you’re a healthcare professional, a caregiver, or someone interested in enhancing cognitive performance, this episode is a must-listen.

For more information on Dr Helena Popovic and her work visit:

Full biographies on all our guests and a transcript can be found on our website

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This podcast is brought to you by University College London / UCLH NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in association with Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Research UK, Alzheimer’s Society and Race Against Dementia who we thank for their ongoing support.

00:00 Introductions
03:45 What led Helena to exploring the Keto Diet
06:53 When can the keto diet help people?
08:57 Influencing your health through diet
10:07 What is a keto diet and what does it entail?
16:56 What’s the relationship between dementia and the keto diet?
23:35 What research is out there on the relationship?
31:18 Keto Diet vs Plant Based Diet
34:49 Suppliments
36:01 What about the saturated fats?
42:21 Advice for adopting the diet
46:50 Helena’s favourite ketogenic meal…
47:52 Round-up and Goodbyes


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