The scientific rationale for elucidating mechanisms of disease pathogenesis or of therapeutic interventions has been traditionally based upon the lofty goal of discovering novel treatments, ones that would be more efficacious than existing options and also be devoid of side-effects altogether. Moreover, in epilepsy research, disease prevention or modification has become the “holy grail”, such that we are no longer complacent with symptomatic treatment and increasing attention is being given to understanding the processes of anti-epileptogenesis itself. Researchers in the field of the ketogenic diet (KD) have also embraced these tenets and recently embarked on that all-too-familiar Quixotic journey, with the ultimate aim of reducing the “difficult” KD regimen to a simple pill. If achieved, this result would represent an ironic recapitulation of the early history of the KD in the United States. Although the KD experienced an initial surge of interest following its introduction in the early 1920’s, it was relegated to near obscurity by the emergence of a familiar drug known as phenytoin. Henceforth, until the mid 1990’s, clinicians – for obvious practical reasons – found it simpler to prescribe a pill rather than an exacting diet.

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22: 6ω-3), arachidonic acid (AA, C20: 4ω-3), or eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20: 5ω-3) have been reported to suppress voltage-gated sodium channels and L-type calcium channels in seizure-prone structures such as the hippocampus (Vreugdenhil et al., 1996). The KD produces elevations of both AA and DHA in serum (Fraser et al., 2003; Cunnane et al., 2002) and brain (Taha et al., 2005) of patients and animals, respectively, suggesting that these substrates might exert anticonvulsant effects by inhibiting sodium and calcium channels, like many anticonvulsant drugs (Xiao et al., 1997, 1998).

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In most instances, we eat because its meal time or it has been several hours since we last ate. Some experts recommend eating when you are hungry, stop when you are already full, and simply enjoy every mouthful. However, for you to get to that desired ‘keto’ state, you must keep track and count carbs and calories in order to get the hang of what is in your food and what you are putting into your body. So without further ado, here are five keto diet apps that will help you monitor your progress and discover new delectable recipes.

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