Let's see the benefits of ketosis provided by taking exogenous ketones.
If we have a modest amount of glucose in the blood, ketones essentially 'ignite' ketosis and provide benefits such as improving cognitive function, reducing inflammation, controlling blood sugar, alleviating food cravings, and increasing energy levels.
Advantages of exogenous use of ketones and how they work
So let's take a look at the wide range of benefits exogenous ketones (particularly BHB salts) impart, according to scientific research.
Beneficial exogenous effects on fats
- Helps reduce cravings for food. A recent four-week animal study demonstrates that exogenous ketones are effective for decreasing weight / fat on a high calorie diet. The weight loss appears to come from the appetite suppressing effects of exogenous ketones.
- Excess ketones are excreted: When too many proteins, fats and / or carbohydrates are consumed, they can be converted into adipose tissue. Exogenous ketones, on the other hand, will rarely ever be stored as body fat, as the kidneys work quickly to filter them through the urine.
- Additionally, you should take exceptionally large amounts of BHB to reach a point where you have 'too much' in your body.
Exogenous Nootropic Ketone Properties and Performance Benefits
- Athletic Performance Benefits: Using exogenous ketone supplements to enhance physical / athletic performance is promising for several reasons. First, the intake of exogenous ketones (especially BHB salts) induces acute nutritional ketosis for over eight hours, mimicking fasting physiology (e.g. increases fat burning, insulin sensitivity, etc.).
- BHB salts are the only supplement that elevates BHB levels while muscle glycogen remains at the right concentration. A low muscle glycogen value can drastically hinder long-lasting athletic performance. In short, athletes who consume high-carb diets and those who eat low-carb diets both benefit from exogenous ketones taken prior to training / exercise.
- Cognitive / Nootropic Benefits: For centuries, it has been thought that the brain needs glucose to function optimally. Today's data shows that the increase in plasma ketone concentrations actually prompts the brain to use ketone bodies for the synthesis of phospholipids, which encourage neuronal myelination.
- Usually, glucose is the brain's preferred substrate, although it is less metabolically efficient. Using exogenous ketones can improve cognitive function and the speed at which nerve impulses are conducted.
Benefits for longevity thanks to exogenous ketones
- Anti-cancer potential: Recent research suggests that ketogenic diets can blunt malignant tumor growth. This is due to the fact that cancer cells cannot efficiently metabolize ketones to fuel their growth and replication. Surprisingly, one study found that supplementing with BHB salts increased the chances of survival in mice with systemic cancer by up to 70% compared to mice that did not receive exogenous ketones.
- Neuroprotective benefits: A natural part of the aging process is neurodegeneration, which is largely responsible for cognitive defects such as Alzheimer's disease. Recent research suggests that taking exogenous ketone can dramatically slow neurodegeneration and the resulting decrease in mental function. However, the mechanism underlying this finding remains to be clarified; it appears that exogenous ketones work to reduce inflammation in the brain. Glucose, on the other hand, can actually speed up the inflammatory response in the brain.
- Anti-inflammatory benefits: Exogenous ketones have anti-inflammatory properties in many body tissues by blocking the actions of swelling - a subset of proteins that induce an inflammatory response.
But how do exogenous ketones work?