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Supplements are a popular way to maximize the benefits of a ketogenic diet. Used in conjunction with a nutritious, whole-food based ketogenic diet, these supplements can help you get into ketosis quickly and easily.
Below, you’ll learn about the most essential keto supplements.
“Exogenous ketones” are supplemental ketones created from external sources (your body does not produce them internally).
Exogenous ketones provide the body with extra ketones for energy. They help you get back into ketosis at any time, instead of having to wait at least a couple days. Exogenous ketones can also be taken in between meals to provide a quick punch of ketones or before a workout for additional energy.
There are three different types of ketones that your body runs on: Acetoacetate, beta-hydroxybutyrate and acetone. Beta-hydroxybutyrate is the active form that can flow freely in the blood and be used by your tissues. It is the one that most exogenous ketone supplements are based on.
There are four types of exogenous ketones:
- Ketone esters: These are the raw ketones (in this case, beta-hydroxybutryate) that are not bound to any other compound. These exogenous ketones can be utilized quicker and potentially have a better effect at raising blood ketone levels as your body doesn’t have to cleave the BHB from any other compound. The downside? They typically have a foul taste and can cause an upset stomach.
- Ketone salts: Another form of exogenous ketone supplements come in the form of ketone “salts.” This is where the ketone body (again, typically beta-hydroxybutyrate) is bound to a salt — sodium, calcium, magnesium or potassium generally.
- MCT oil: MCT (medium chain triglyceride) oil and other medium to smaller chain fats can be used to help boost ketones as well. Beta-hydroxybutryate from ketone salts or esters can be immediately used for energy, but MCTs have to be shuttled to cells to be broken down.
- Not real ketones: These are products advertised as ketones (such as raspberry ketones) that do not aid with ketosis or weight loss.
MCT Oils and Powders
MCTs are a type of fat that can be readily used for energy by your body and do not have to be broken down before use. They are precursors to ketones and help your body burn fat instead of burning carbs. The primary whole food source of MCTs are coconuts.
It normally comes in the form of a liquid oil, but it can also be converted into a more portable and easily mixed powder.
Benefits of MCT Supplements
- Weight loss: MCTs are easily digested and have a thermogenic (energy-creating) effect, also known as “boosting your metabolism.”
- Energy: MCTs are a fast-acting source of energy. They break down into ketones which can then be used as fuel for your body.
- Digestion: MCTs support your gut microbiome by combating harmful bacteria and parasites.
- Overall health: MCTs contain antioxidant properties which reduce internal inflammation and improve overall performance of your heart, brain and nervous system.
Collagen Protein Supplements
Collagen is a type of protein — one of over 10,000 in your body. Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body, accounting for 25-35% of all protein. It is the glue that holds your body together as it supports the growth of joints, organs, hair and connective tissues.
Most other animal-based protein powders can be inflammatory. Casein and whey are known allergens and egg protein can be quite inflammatory. Collagen protein from grass-fed beef is made in the same way that bone broth is made — low and slow heating to preserve the nutrition.
Benefits of Collagen
- Energy production
- Building healthy DNA
- Detoxification and digestion
- Rebuilding joints, tendons, cartilage, skin, nails, hair, organs, etc.
One of the toughest parts of keto is that it cuts out lots of fruits and vegetables that are unfortunately too high in carbohydrates. However, these fruits and vegetables are also packed with nutrients.
Keto Micro Greens is the solution to getting enough nutrition from produce, while eating a low carb ketogenic diet. Perfect Keto Micro Greens Powder is 14 servings of 22 different fruits and vegetables, plus herbs and MCT fats to assist with absorption.
In contrast, multivitamins aren’t a good solution as they are synthetic and lack a lot of nutrients like polyphenols, antioxidants and fiber that green powders and whole food sources provide. And the lack of fats and enzymes make the nutrients they do contain very difficult to process properly. Just because you’re putting something in your body doesn’t mean your body can use it.
Ingredients in the Perfect Keto Micro Greens Powder:
- Greens and Veggie Blend: 4.5 grams of raw and organic greens and vegetables from 12 different sources.
- Berry and Fruit Blend: 4.5 grams of raw and organic berries and fruits from 10 different sources.
- MCT Powder: 3.5 grams. We use fat from coconut oil so you more readily absorb the vitamins, minerals and nutrients in plants.
- Liver Support and Digestive Enzymes: These help your body absorb and utilize nutrients. Without these, you would waste a lot of the benefit and micronutrients of the product.
Ketogenic Pre-Workout Supplements
Pre-workout powders are perfect for people who are on a ketogenic diet and also engage in strenuous exercise. Keto pre-workout supplements like Perfect Keto Perform Pre-Workout can boost physical and cognitive performance without the caffeine crash.
Perfect Keto Perform Pre-Workout Ingredients:
- BHB: 7.7 grams of beta-hydroxybutyrate is the most preferred (and common) ketone in the body, and therefore the best exogenous (supplemental) ketone.
- MCT: 5 grams of healthy fats and a source of ketones for an energy and cognitive boost.
- Creatine: 2 grams of the compound created during protein metabolism, capable of increasing your body’s ability to produce burst energy through cellular hydration.
- BCAA (2:1:1): 2 grams of branched chain amino acids, composed of leucine, isoleucine and valine. Together, they promote muscle protein synthesis and cellular glucose uptake for muscle growth and better endurance.
- Beta-Alanine: 1.5 grams of the amino acid which promotes muscle endurance and more power output during training.
- L-citrulline: 500 milligrams of the non-essential amino acid, which reduces muscle soreness and better endurance for your workouts.
- Caffeine: 50 milligrams of the compound found in coffee and tea, causing alertness without the negative effects you’ll typically experience from your morning cup of coffee (primarily blood pressure and heart rate elevation).