New study: Keto is a viable avenue toward preventing or alleviating flu



Published this week in the journal Science Immunology (a study based on abusing mice again, alas).

In a good year, about 20000 persons in the US officially die from flu, in a bad year up to 50000 (according to the CDC) and of those who get the shot, about 2% experience either allergic reactions or unpleasant auto-immune side effects. Others who don’t get the shot may find that a well established LCHF/keto way of eating (esp after the first season or two) by itself is quite helpful in fending off or turning around flu symptoms fast.

“KD feeding resulted in an expansion of γδ T cells in the lung that improved barrier functions, thereby enhancing antiviral resistance. Expansion of these protective γδ T cells required metabolic adaptation to a ketogenic diet because neither feeding mice a high-fat, high-carbohydrate diet nor providing chemical ketone body substrate that bypasses hepatic ketogenesis protected against infection.”

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Nice find Mary. I’m yet to burrow into the details.

Anecdotally, many people profess that once they start eating better they don’t get sick as often.

The flu is very dangerous for very young and very old people in our families and communities.

(Bacon by any other name would taste just as great.) #3

Cholesterol is an essential part of the immune system, so this makes sense.

It’s amazing how there are turning out to be so many ways that the dietary guidelines are destroying our health . . .