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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

In older adults with increased risk for Alzheimer's disease, very low carbohydrate diets, even in the short term, can improve their memory function

This post includes a synopsis of a study published in Neurobiology of Aging 2010 Dec 2 and a recipe for lamb and mint kebabs.

Study title and authors:
Dietary ketosis enhances memory in mild cognitive impairment
Krikorian R, Shidler MD, Dangelo K, Couch SC, Benoit SC, Clegg DJ.
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, USA.

This study can be accessed at:

Trick And Treat - how 'healthy eating' is making us ill
In this study 23 older adults with mild cognitive impairment were assigned to either a (i) high carbohydrate or (ii) very low carbohydrate diet for 6 weeks.

The study found after 6 weeks:
(a) Improved verbal memory performance for the low carbohydrate subjects.
(b) Reductions in weight in the low carbohydrate subjects.
(c) Change in calorie intake, insulin level, and weight were not correlated with memory performance for both groups.
(d) Higher ketone levels were positively correlated with better memory performance.

To conclude: In older adults with increased risk for Alzheimer's disease, these findings indicate that very low carbohydrate consumption, even in the short term, can improve their memory function.

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Recipe of the day

Lamb and Mint Kebabs

450g/1lb boneless lamb leg or shoulder, cut into 2.5cm/1inch cubes
30ml/2tbsp freshly chopped mint or oregano
Boneless Leg of Lamb Roast
Food Mall: Boneless Lamb Leg
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
15ml/1tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml/1tbsp olive oil

1.Place all the kebab ingredients into a large, shallow dish, toss gently, cover and leave to marinate for up to 2 hours in the refrigerator.

2.Thread the lamb on to 8 short or 4 long wooden (previously soaked in water) or metal skewers.

3.Cook the kebabs on a prepared barbecue or preheated grill for 12-16 minutes, turning occasionally until any meat juices run clear.

Lamb and Mint Kebabs