The ketogenic diet is one of the most followed eating trends in recent years. The diet has gained popularity because its effects are noticeable in a short period of time. It is necessary to comply with certain rules which can be a real challenge for many, but this is where supplements can help.
Ketogenic supplements can support the adaptation period to the ketogenic diet which makes them popular for many. For ketogenic supplements to be fully effective they should contain ingredients that help induce or maintain ketosis.
In the ketogenic diet, the consumption of carbohydrates is significantly limited and instead, the fat intake is increased to use as the main source of energy for the body.
This is why the keto diet is based on the consumption of healthy and natural fats, which is why a good ketogenic supplement should contain fats such as fish oil and MCT oil.
1. MCT oil
MCT oil contains medium-chain triglycerides which are fats that are easily and quickly absorbed by the body, and also present a good source of energy for the body.
In addition to working as fuel for the body, MCT oil also provides other benefits such as regulating blood pressure, reducing the risk of neurological diseases, and having antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
MCT oil benefits
• Stimulates and maintains ketosis
• Promotes weight loss
• Increase performance
• Control your appetite
· Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients
2. Fish oil
Fish oil is a dietary supplement derived from the tissues of certain species of fish that is high in omega-3. Fish oil can be obtained through frequent consumption of fish or through capsule supplements.
The best omega-3 fatty acid supplements have a high content of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) which help reduce inflammatory processes, stimulate brain health and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. Using fish oil supplements not only provides quality fats to the body but they also help reduce the risk of hypertriglyceridemia.
Fish oil benefits
• Reduces the risk of inflammatory diseases
• Promotes brain health
• Source of healthy fats
• Boost the activity of the immune system
3. Ketogenic salts BHB
The keto diet focuses on using fat as a source of energy. The body does not enter a state of ketosis abruptly, in fact, it is a process that includes periods of initiation and transition before entering a fully ketogenic state.
The transition period is usually very unpleasant because the body is adapting and symptoms such as dizziness, mood changes, weakness, headaches, ketogenic flu, may appear. To reduce discomfort and favor a better adaptation to the keto diet, BHB salts can be supplemented.
What are keto BHB salts?
They are exogenous ketones which can be supplemented as ketone salts or ketoesters.
Ketone salts, also known as BHB salts, are ketones that bind to a salt. Exogenous ketones can bind into various compounds. The most common compounds are sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium. Currently, there are patents on the combination of several compounds so not all manufacturers can use the same products or compounds for the preparation of salts.
This has a particular effect on the taste, tolerance, and effect of BHB salts, however, research and development of exogenous ketones is in full swing, so many more new products will eventually be released.
These are ketones called esters that come together in liquid form. Ketoesters are frequently used for research are not readily available and are expensive. Also, the taste and smell of ketoesters can take a long time to get used to.
Benefits of BHB ketogenic salts
Exogenous ketones accelerate the body's ability to enter and maintain ketosis, at the same time reducing common symptoms of the transition period and also provide additional benefits such as:
• Reduces oxidative stress and premature aging
• Improves cognitive functions
• Promotes the regulation of blood sugar levels
• Helps control appetite
• Boost ketosis
4. Green tea and caffeine
Although the ketogenic diet is not just a diet to lose weight, it is still one of its most captivating effects. The rapid loss of weight is what has positioned it as one of the most practiced diets in recent years. In turn, the use of ketogenic supplements that accelerate weight loss has gained popularity.
There are natural substances that accelerate weight loss due to their effects on the body's metabolism, caffeine, and green tea are an example of them.
5. Green Tea
Green tea stimulates the burning of fat tissue because it has powerful thermogenic effects, due to the fact that it promotes the conversion of food energy into body heat. This increases the metabolic rate and increases the burning rate of calories.
Green tea also contains catechins, which stimulate the oxidation of fat and also increase the release of heat. In addition, the caffeine in green tea activates the sympathetic nervous system and mobilizes stored fat, which stimulates the digestion of fats.
Caffeine is present in many weight loss supplements, in the case of ketogenic supplements it is pure caffeine extracted from tea leaves or coffee beans. The most common presentation is pills of 200-300 milligrams of caffeine.
• Caffeine increases metabolism
• Increases alertness and performance
• Does not provide calories
• Promotes weight loss
In the nutraceutical industry, ketogenic supplements are in increasing demand, which brings about many possibilities to develop innovative, effective, and successful products.
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