Studies have shown that a key component to managing intractable or refractory epilepsy is achieving a state of ketosis. This occurs naturally when the human body begins to fast, and the brain gets its energy from fat. These fats produce ketones. In a normal diet, the main source of energy is carbohydrates.
Ketosis will change the way the brain’s electrical impulses work, thus avoiding the symptoms commonly associated with intractable or refractory epilepsy. A ketogenic diet helps produce ketones by providing high amounts of fat and small amounts of carbohydrates.
However, it isn’t as simple as it sounds. A ketogenic ratio is precisely calculated and must be strictly followed. A dietitian or doctor will calculate the exact amount of fat to carbohydrate and protein needed to reach a state of ketosis.
At least 50% of children with epilepsy that follow a supervised medical ketogenic diet show a 50% or greater reduction of symptoms. (Epilepsy Ontario)
KetoCal is indicated for the dietary management of refractory epilepsy and is intended for use under medical supervision. Talk to your healthcare provider to determine if KetoCal is right for you.
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