It’s a myth that low-carb eating causes heart disease because of its high-fat content. As more research is completed, low-carbohydrate diets are being identified as healthy and beneficial in some unexpected areas.

These diets not only lead to greater weight loss but also reduces most risk factors related to diseases connected with obesity. Let’s go through some other health benefits:

Reduces acne

Of course, acne can be caused by a number of different things, but the major one is related to diet and blood sugar. By eating high levels of processed and refined carbohydrates, it can change gut bacteria and lead to significant blood sugar fluctuations – both linked to acne. So by limiting the consumption of carbohydrates, and the associated insulin spikes, a low carb diet can reduce the instance of acne.

Brain protection

Early research results indicate the low-carb diet may provide some neuroprotective benefits. This may help prevent conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. One study has shown that eating a low-carb diet can even reverse symptoms of these diseases, and also some sleep disorders.

Improves heart health

While there is new controversy about the relevance of cholesterol to heart health, several studies indicate that the ketogenic diet can reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and increase HDL (“good”) cholesterol levels. And removing bad fats is also good for blood and artery health.

Reduce the risk of cancer

More and more research shows that a low-carb way of eating can be used as a complementary treatment to chemotherapy and radiation for people with cancer. The advantage is that the food selections cause more oxidative stress in cancer cells than in normal cells. And since many cancers are spurred by sugar, removing that from the body makes it a poor host to cancer.

Reduces blood sugar spikes

Eating according to a low-carb lifestyle can help with blood sugar regulation. A diet that includes a lot of carbs means they are converted to glucose. As the body burns glucose, it generates mood swings, energy crashes, and potential problems regulating insulin. By contrast, a low-carb diet reduces high blood sugar surges and therefore reduces the production of insulin.

Reduction of seizures

There is evidence that a low-carb diet changes how the body uses energy, resulting in ketosis. Ketosis has been shown to reduce seizures in people with epilepsy.

Reversal of Diabetes and Prediabetes

The incidence of diabetes is increasing at alarming rates. It’s usually characterized by changes in metabolism, high blood sugar, and weakened insulin function. A low carb diet is able to reduce insulin production and studies have shown that significant numbers of people have been able to come off or significantly reduce their medication. Weight loss tends to be slower with this group, but it is proving to be a wise and sustainable choice.

Risks and complications

The low carb way of eating has a large number of health benefits, but there are also some risks. Some research has identified kidney stone formation and acidosis (high levels of acid in the blood). People with pre-existing conditions should consult with their doctor about incorporating the low-carb diet into their treatment plan.

There is mounting evidence that a low-carb lifestyle helps people lose weight and feel better in ways that other programs have not. By focusing on quality food in good proportions, we see that millions of people are improving their health and gaining a new appreciation for the food that they eat.