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Do Ketones or a Keto Diet boost brain function?

The keto diet has been looked at closely by scientists not just for helping with weight management and diabetes but for mental enhancement, reducing cognitive decline and improving mental and physical performance. In fact, exogenous (supplemental) ketones like Beta-Hydroxybutyrate (BHB) have been at the forefront of that research with NASA and Navy Seal teams.

What they have discovered may surprise you and have you racing out to your nearest supplement shop for a healthy dose of our Keto Switch™ (exogenous ketones).

Understanding Exogenous Ketones

Before we begin you need to understand what exogenous ketones are. Simply put they are ketones that come from outside the body (generally in a dietary supplement).

Ketones act as an alternative energy source in the absence of carbohydrates and they signal different processes in your body, particularly your mitochondria. The mitochondria are found inside your cells and are where the magic happens. You create energy (from fat) for your cells to survive and even thrive inside the mitochondria. The more energy your mitochondria can produce generally the healthier and longer your cells will live and the more fat you will burn.

That’s right… Healthy mitochondria create long-lasting healthy cells which reduce the rate of age-related decline. Ketones enhance mitochondrial biogenesis and mitochondrial efficiency.

In English, this means exogenous ketones signal an increased number of mitochondria and improved ability to burn fat for fuel.

The Importance of Feeding Your Brain Properly

Like any other organ in your body, your brain requires energy to function. Your brain cells get this energy from the mitochondria. The more efficient your mitochondria are working the more energy your brain has to complete the tasks it needs.

From basic decision making to career-altering choices you make at work are all determined by the exact same thing– your brain. When your brain isn’t efficiently fed due to a lack of healthy mitochondria then everything suffers cognition declines, performance dwindles, and tiredness sets in.

So how do we keep our brain nourished and in peak performance? Well NASA seems to think Exogenous Ketones are part of the answer.

How to boost your brain?

Cognitive Enhancement

Findings now show that our brain like our skeletal muscles can become insulin resistant. In other words, your brain fails to utilize sugar well and as a result, can’t produce enough energy to support healthy cells and essentially your decline. In fact, Alzheimer’s is now being called Type 3 diabetes.

Ketones completely bypass this glucose transport (or lack of) system. They provide the mitochondria or your brain cells with an alternative and arguably preferred energy source that significantly enhances brain power, mental cognition and reduces cognitive decline.

In addition to this, Ketones increase BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotropic Factor). BDNF has been shown to improve neurogenesis (neuron development) and neural plasticity (neuron communication). In short, you may be able to process information faster and retain it for longer.

Neuroprotection

A natural part of the aging process is neurodegeneration (loss of neuronal integrity/function), making the brain more prone to ailments such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases or just plain forgetfulness.

Recent research findings suggest that using an exogenous ketone supplement, like KETO SWITCH™, can considerably slow neurodegeneration and improve cognitive function.

Key Take-Home Points

  • Your brain is the most complex and powerful organ; it needs specific nutrients (especially fats and ketones) to function efficiently.
  • Ketones appear to improve cognitive function through a variety of mechanisms, including reduced inflammation, improved energetics and enhanced mitochondrial function.
  • Ketones might slow the aging process and minimise neurodegeneration, which suggests less risk of developing conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and dementia.
  • Excessive sugar can increase inflammation in neurons and speed the rate of burnout or mental decline.
  • Ketones matched with a ketogenic or IF (Intermittent Feasting) diet plan makes for an outstanding brain-enhancing protocol

 

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