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Epilepsy Diet Therapy

Solutions for Patients in Monmouth County, New Jersey

Fat is an important component in the transmission of brain signals as they travel along complicated cortical networks to carry information. There are many other chemicals involved in the process as well, making it important that your diet includes what is necessary for healthy brain function. Amor Mehta MD - Neurology Center for Epilepsy & Seizures, LLC offers treatment options that include dieting to help patients manage their seizure symptoms without having to take medications or undergo surgery.

Diet Options

For the most part, diets specialized for the management of epilepsy will include a higher fat content, proteins that allow for growth, and low amounts of carbohydrates.

Diets that can help manage seizures include:

  • Ketogenic diet: Designed to use ketones as energy rather than glucose, this diet is high in fat, low in carbohydrates, and adequate in protein. By reducing the availability of sugar that can come from carbohydrates, this diet helps to create more fat in the blood, which can help reduce seizures.
  • Low glycemic index treatments: Also based on low carbohydrate intake, this diet prioritizes foods that digest slowly (known as low GI) in order to regulate the creation of glucose in the brain.
  • Modified Atkins diet: Another low-carbohydrate plan, the Modified Atkins diet helps patients regulate brain chemistry by using more fats rather than higher amounts of protein.
  • MCT diet: Rather than totally restrict the intake of carbohydrates, patients take a supplement called medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil. The supplements afford patients the benefits of a ketogenic diet while allowing them to eat a less restrictive amount of carbohydrates.

Seizure Management without Surgery or Medicine

The benefits of diet therapy allow patients to reduce their seizures in a more natural way. NCES offers diet-related treatment methods for those with epilepsy, creating meal plans that will best suit their particular needs. Our specialized epilepsy-focused medical center can help you manage your seizures.

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