Fat and Migraines; The Impact of Nutrients on Your Gut, Dementia, and Insulin Resistance

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Summary:

I) Deficeincy in Vitamin A increases growth of gut bacteria that have been linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

II) Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of Alzheimers and Dementia three-fold in adults over 65.

III) Supplemental Magnesium improves insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation in those presenting signs of insulin resistance.

IV) Ketogenic diets have been shown to rapidly improve symptoms of chronic and episodic migraines.

Still interested? There are details below!

 

I) Micronutrient Deficiency and Gut Health

2 billion people are deficient in essential micronutrients. A study published on May 17th found that a slight deficiency in Vitamin A increases growth of Bacteroides Vulgatus, as well as altering bile acid metabolism. Over abundance of BV has been associated with a higher risk for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Disruption of bile acid metabolism can alter the absorption of fat and fat soluble vitamins within the body.

Lower fat absorption means diminished cell function, as well as diminished ability to absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K.

 

II) Vitamin D and Alzheimers

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In a study published on May 9th, researches found that Vitamin D deficiency can lead to a three-fold increase in risk of Dementia and Alzheimers Disease in people over 65 years old.

“Despite the importance of vitamin D, it’s estimated that anywhere from 30% to 80% of the U.S. population is vitamin D deficient.” – PN

The study followed 916 participants over 12 years. 218 participants were found deficient in vitamin D, with 177 being diagnosed with dementia, and 124 with Alzheimers Disease.

Maintaining adequate Vitamin D levels could slow, delay, or entirely prevent cognitive decline, but more study is needed.

 

III) Insulin Resistance and Magnesium

In a systematic review, researches drew links between supplementation with Magnesium and the reduction of insulin resistance (IR). For the moment, evidence shows that supplementing with Magnesium improves IR in individuals presenting symptoms of IR who were deficient in Magnesium.

More study is needed to determine if supplemental magnesium can prevent the development of IR and blood sugar issues, as well as the proper type, dosage, and timing.

More on insulin and insulin resistance here.

 

IV) The Ketogenic Diet and Migraines

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Clinical data from 150 case reports has shown that the ketogenic diet (KD) is a rapid solution to both episodic and chronic migraines.

Protein Carb Fat
Mixed Meal  ~30% ~40% ~30%
Paleo Meal ~40% ~20% ~40%
Low-Carb Meal ~40% ~10% ~50%
Ketogenic Meal ~20% ~5% ~75%

In these cases, patients saw increased brain responsiveness and brain metabolism or energy generation within the brain.

This led to a decrease in inflammation in the brain as well.

While KD has shown that it’s an immediately effective treatment for migraines, more research is needed to determine the mechanism as well as the best implementation.

More information on Ketogenic Diets can be found here.

 

In Summary:

I) Deficeincy in Vitamin A increases growth of gut bacteria that have been linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

II) Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of Alzheimers and Dementia three-fold in adults over 65.

III) Supplemental Magnesium improves insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation in those presenting signs of insulin resistance.

IV) Ketogenic diets have been shown to rapidly improve symptoms of chronic and episodic migraines.

I read it so you don’t have to.

-rb3

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