Professor Gavin Giovannoni suggests ketogenic diet and intermittent fasting could be beneficial in MS, but is he right? In this video, I review the theoretical mechanisms by which ketosis could improve mitochondrial health in MS and show the relevant animal and human studies.


Myla Goldman’s pilot ketogenic diet study:

Randomized trial of ketogenic diet or intermittent fasting:

Review of 3 studies on calorie restriction by Mowry:!/content/playContent/1-s2.0-S221103482030225X?

Professor Gavin Giovannoni’s commentary on diet:

Potential mechanism of a ketogenic diet in multiple sclerosis:

Fasting-mimicking diet and ketogenic diet on quality of life in MS:

Images on ketogenic diet metabolism:

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Dr. Brandon Beaber is a board-certified neurologist with subspecialty training in multiple sclerosis and other immunological diseases of the nervous system. He is a partner in the Southern California Permanente Medical Group and practices in Downey, California (South Los Angeles). He has several publications on MS epidemiology and has participated in clinical trials for MS therapeutics. You can follow him on twitter @Brandon_Beaber where he regularly posts about MS news and research.

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