November 26, 2018

Beta Hydroxybutyrate

the use of BHB in a keto diet

When you look at the ingredients of diet pills, a lot of times you’ll see them using the same ones from brand to brand. That’s because there are proven ingredients that make any diet pill worth the money. On the other hand, sometimes you find a unique part of the formula that you don’t see elsewhere. That gets my inquisitive mind wondering what the use of it is.

One such ingredient, which I found on the label of Green Force Keto (reviewed here), is beta-hydroxybutyrate, or “BHB” for short. I was curious what this additive does, and why it is such an important part of the formula that helps your body attain ketosis at a quicker rate, so I decided to do some research and see what it is all about.

What is Beta-Hydroxybutyrate?

Just saying, and typing, the name of this ingredient can be a mouthful. Hereafter I’ll just be referring to it as BHB. So what is this ingredient and why is it used in diet pills?

BHB is a proprietary blend of calcium, sodium, magnesium, and potassium that is added to dietary supplements such as Green Force Keto to help provide energy for exercising, as well as enhance mental function. It accomplishes this by raising the level of ketones in the blood, which helps your body process ketones (produced from fats) for energy.

If you know even a little bit about a ketogenic diet, you know that is the most fundamental part of it. Burning fat, and not carbs, for energy. Supplementation with BHB chemically helps your body perform this process.

How It Works

While BHB is naturally produced in our bodies, it is not at a high enough amount to quicken the state of ketosis, so if that is your goal, supplementing is your best bet to shorten the timeframe it takes for your body to make this adaptation.

When consumed, BHB circulates through the blood into the brain and muscles.

Once it reaches these cells it is converted into acetoacetate, then acetyl CoA, where it becomes part of the citric acid cycle to generate ATP. This is a molecule that is responsible for transferring energy between cells. In the case of a keto diet, this is the transport of ketones.

Benefits

There are a number of reasons why BHB, and the processes that it contributes to, is healthy for your body. Speaking particularly to how it helps in a keto diet, BHB has been shown to:

  • Maintain muscle mass while burning fat
  • Decrease the symptoms associated with the keto flu
  • Regular blood sugar levels, warding away the crash that typically comes after getting energy from sugars/carbs
  • Normalizes insulin levels
  • Suppresses your appetite and cuts out unhealthy cravings

Other Ways to Reach Ketosis

In addition to using this supplement, you can adopt a ketogenic diet. This forces your body to make the adjustment of burning fat for energy, instead of carbs. The following resources on the keto diet and keto-friendly foods provide great nutritional information for these purposes.

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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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