Research: BHB Works Against Inflammatory Disorders

Team HTV Feb 19 2015

A recent research has found that BHB produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders, including type 2 diabetes, atherosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Working with mice and human immune cells, researchers focused on how macrophages (specialized immune cells) respond when exposed to ketone bodies and whether that impacts the inflammasome complex. The team introduced BHB to mouse models of inflammatory diseases caused by NLP3. They found that this reduced inflammation, and that inflammation was also reduced when the mice were given a ketogenic diet, which elevates the levels of BHB in the bloodstream.

Source: Medical Xpress

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