The Truth About Exogenous Ketones
There is a lot of science that goes into Exogenous and Endogenous Ketone Studies, so I will try to keep this as simple as possible so as to not really confuse people. There are five types of Ketones that we will talk about here primarily. Exogenous, Endogenous, BHB, Acetone and Acetoacetate.
What is the difference between Exogenous and Endogenous Ketones?
To start, I will define what the difference between Exogenous and Endogenous Ketones are. There are 3 elements to these words. Exo-gen-ous and Endo-gen-ous, once we break it down to this element we can then learn a bit more about what does that mean. Exo is a pre-fix that originated in Greek language and means essentially “Out of”. Endo is from the Greek language meaning “Within” or “From Within”. Gen looks like it has origins in 18th century French Chemistry, but ultimately means “something produced”. Ous is mainly a word forming structural component, however it’s meanings come from French and Latin meaning “having, or to do with.” Now, with those terms defined, we can summarize what Exogenous and Endogenous mean. Since we know we are talking about the body, one is “To do with production from within the body.” The other is “To do with production from outside of the body.”
There are two types of Exogenous Ketone Bodies and there are 3 types of Endogenous Ketone Bodies that our bodies use. The Exogenous Ketone Bodies are Ketone Salts and Ketone Esters.
What’s the difference between the two types of Exogenous Ketones?
Well, that’s a great question. I am quite glad you asked! Exogenous Ketone salts are often mixed with a combination of electrolytes ranging from Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium. Now there are scientific reasons for this that I won’t go into because I could go on for weeks about the science behind all of this. Suffice it to say the BHB amount in Ketone salts isn’t as effective as Ketone esters internally. Ketone esters are usually quite a bit more expensive. If you are going to purchase Ketones, I definitely recommend the Esters as they are a more pure product and give you a far better result. There is a company on Amazon, fairly well known for their esters called HVMN. Affiliate Disclosure: Check them out here.
As for Ketone salts, a lot of people do take them and I can say that for certain people they could potentially have some benefits. Would I recommend them for people who are trying to lose weight? No. I personally am of the opinion that for weight loss, you should embrace it as a lifestyle change and should not rely upon products. They can be beneficial to people who suffer from depression, anxiety, people who do high intensity interval training and others. For a cheaper alternative to Esters, you might look into Perfect Keto’s Exogenous Ketones on Amazon if you are looking for them. These are the cheapest I could find that did not have a bunch of additives. Affiliate Disclosure: Check it out here.
What are the types of Endogenous Ketones, and how are they different?
There are three types of Ketone bodies that have been identified. Beta-Hydroxy Butyrate, Acetoacetate, and Acetone are the three ketone bodies. What are the differences between them? That’s a bit harder to explain, and I will do my best to explain without going into a lot of science. First, let’s answer the question of “What is a Ketone Body?” Ketone bodies are produced by the liver during various states. They are water-soluble compounds produced during the metabolic break down of fats. Beta-Hydroxy Butyrate is the most commonly known Ketone body because it is what is tested on a blood ketone test. BHB Ketones are what the brain and body ultimately uses for fuel when the body is lacking in Glucose/Glycogen and needs a fuel source. During the creation of Beta-Hydroxy Butyrate, Acetoacetate can also be made, which in turn can also cause Acetone to be made. All three are technically Ketone bodies, though the body primarily uses BHB ketones for energy purposes.
Do Exogenous Ketones actually put you in Ketosis?
This is a controversial topic because you have a lot of people who will say yes. Most of these people are frankly people who sell these products or use them. Yes, taking these supplements will show up on a BHB Blood Ketone meter and can help you temporarily burn fat for a short period of time. However, with that being said, that doesn’t mean it necessarily puts you into a full state of Ketosis. In my personal opinion, it is only Ketosis when the body is actually producing the Ketones
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