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The Brain on Ketones

Most people in our society are looking for the next big thing in weight loss, something that will take the fat off their bodies (but not improve their biochemical state). They lose 15, 50, 100 pounds, jump up and down, then let the pounds just come crawling back. During this process, they’re also neglecting to do anything to help their brains. I don’t know about you, but I like being quick on my feet, swift in my thoughts and happy with my body.

There hasn’t been a fix-all remedy… until now. Introducing exogenous ketones. Along with helping your body utilize fat as fuel (instead of glucose/sugar), these ketones help your central nervous system in many facets. β-hydroxybutyrate (one of three ketones in the body) has been shown to improve cellular respiration (the process in which the mitochondria produce energy) in the brain. This is consistent with studies demonstrating that β-hydroxybutyrate increases ATP (your body’s energy) production, and that ketogenic diets increase ATP levels in the brain.


All three of these studies point to BETTER!

A study in which animals ate a ketogenic diet, mitochondria showed to produce fewer free radicals,  which are chemically reactive molecules that can cause oxidative stress. These are the toxins we try to rid our body of when we go on a “juicing diet” or take a cranberry supplement, both of which are known for their antioxidant powers. By eating less glucose (carbs) and more ketones (along with fats), you are providing your body AND your brain with the nutrients it needs to perform optimally. Similarly, the combination of β-hydroxybutyrate and acetoacetate (another ketone body) prevented oxidative impairment of long-term potentiation in the CA1 region of the hippocampus. Out of all that jargon, this study indicates that ketone bodies not only limited the loss of neurons in the brain, but also preserved function across the synapses (connections).

Just half a packet of KETO//OS from Pruvit, the first exogenous ketone on the market, can put your body into ketosis and reap these benefits in just 59 minutes! You can even get ketone strips at your local pharmacy to test and see that you are in ketosis. The optimal range for blood ketones while in nutritional ketosis is from 1.5 – 3.0.  This is considered the “sweet spot” of ketosis that should provide the maximum amount of health benefits if maintained long term. Too low, and you’re not reaping all the benefits. Too high, and you could put your body into ketoacidosis.

It’s ASTOUNDING to hear that having a higher level of ketones in my body significantly helps the amount of energy to my brain! See yourself being more energetic, optimistic, and productive! Start your journey to #BeBetter, and visit today!


Coral Jinright

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