Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified sports chiropractor, functional medicine practitioner, entrepreneur, podcast host, and founder of Perfect Keto.
When considering any new supplement, it’s smart to weigh the pros and cons to truly understand how it can support your needs.
By now, you’ve probably heard all the buzz surrounding new exogenous ketone products on the market. If you’re following or interested in a ketogenic diet, you might be wondering: why supplement with exogenous ketones?
Time to go over the top reasons why you’d want to supplement with exogenous ketones and how they can benefit your health and goals.
5 Reasons to Supplement with Exogenous Ketones
If you’re unfamiliar with what exactly exogenous ketones are, see this article to get caught up. Then, read below for the main ways exogenous ketones can be used as part of your ketogenic lifestyle:
#1: Getting Into Ketosis Faster
Eating a ketogenic diet is effective and has lots of benefits, but no one’s perfect. There are going to be times when you eat too many carbs and it’ll kick you out of ketosis.
Along with testing your ketone levels to better understand your body’s response, exogenous ketones lead to a temporary increase in blood ketones which may provide some of the benefits of ketosis, like more energy. This can help you get over the hump of getting back into ketosis, which can sometimes come with some keto flu symptoms.
Alternatively, if you’re brand new to the ketogenic diet or starting it again after a period of being out of ketosis, exogenous ketones can help you start reaping the benefits of ketosis sooner — more energy, appetite suppression, and more.
#2: Travel and Busy Days
As mentioned above, sometimes sticking to a full ketogenic diet won’t be realistic. While there are many benefits, it’s also a restrictive diet and can be hard for some people to follow while traveling or during holidays, for example.
Exogenous ketones allow you to experience many of the benefits of ketosis even if you don’t always eat within the macros of the keto diet 24/7.
#3: May Help Stimulate Weight Loss
While exogenous ketones don’t weight loss directly, they do help get you into ketosis, a metabolic state where your body is using fatty acids for its main source of fuel.
They may also help induce weight loss by increasing energy and suppressing appetite.
#4: For Mental Clarity
Just like exogenous ketones can provide extra physical energy for your body when you need them, they can also help act as extra brain fuel.
Your brain uses up to a quarter of your total energy each day. Ketones can provide up to 70% of the brain’s energy needs and are more efficient than carbohydrates[*].
Energy substrates like glucose and ketones can’t directly cross over the blood-brain barrier, which there to protect the brain from things that will disrupt its function. When you eat carbs (glucose), the GLUT-1 transporter can reduce the available energy that’s able to cross the blood-brain barrier, leading to dips in energy and mental fog.
This is not the case with ketones, which are transported by the MCT1 and MCT2 transporters to cross the blood-brain barrier and supply energy to the brain.
Unlike GLUT1, these transporters become more efficient when you have more substrate (ketones) available. That’s how exogenous ketones — especially on an empty stomach — can help provide mental energy while forgoing the brain fog.
#5: Cellular Energy For Physical Performance
Your body can use different types of fuel for explosive, intermediate, and endurance activities.
For exercise that requires quick bursts of energy, like sprinting or lifting maximal weights, your body utilizes energy stored in the form of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), a high-energy storage molecule.
When your body runs out of this limited ATP store, it switches to glucose and glycogen or fat oxidation to provide mitochondria (the powerhouses of your cells) with energy and restart the ATP creation process.
Taking exogenous ketones can help lower the amount of oxygen needed to replenish ATP and fuel prolonged activity.
For aerobic exercise, exogenous ketones can act as an additional energy source for the athlete before they need to refuel to go further, and also enhance fat-burning for fuel.
Perfect Keto Exogenous Ketones Vs Other Brands
Now that you understand the benefits of supplementing with exogenous ketones, let’s take just a moment to highlight the benefits of Perfect Keto products over other exogenous ketone products like Pruvit Keto//OS and KetoCaNa.
Those new to taking exogenous ketones can experience a bit of “sticker shock” when purchasing them for the first time. It might be tempting to look for the biggest bargain above anything else. But this is not a good tactic.
Just because you can get more servings per day of a product for a lower price doesn’t mean it will work for you as well as a premium-grade product. You get what you pay for, and the beta-hydroxybutryate (BHB) in Perfect Keto exogenous ketones is of the highest quality.
Perfect Keto Base isn’t cheap, but it’s definitely high-value. We use nothing but the best quality salts, without any fillers, and strive to make the product affordable and accessible for everyone.
Exogenous ketones are the top supplement for getting into ketosis, mental and physical energy, and supporting you on your keto diet journey. Your health is worth it.
For more about why exogenous ketones are expensive and how they just might save you money in the long-term, check out this article.