The Keto diet can lower pain and improve cognition
Improved mental performance
Ketogenic diet benefits a person with fibromyalgia by lowering the occurrence of ‘fibro-fog’. It is a term used for the difficulty of performing tasks when afflicted with fibromyalgia due to the constant body pains and headaches. Ketosis ramps up the number of ketones in the body which, in turn, stimulate the production of neurotransmitters in the brain. With enough neurotransmitters, this would help in having mental clarity and improved concentration. Research suggests that having a constant intake of healthy fatty acids leads to better brain function.
The mitochondria or the powerhouse of cells synthesize large amounts of free radicals. These should be contained by antioxidants in order to reduce the damage brought upon by them to the other cell organelles. Mitochondrial dysfunction is widely known as a huge contributor to fibromyalgia. Ketogenic diets have been linked to the reduction of free radical damage, as well as improving mitochondrial function. This would lead to higher pain threshold and better quality of life.