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Keto Essentials: 5 Supplements That Will Support Ketosis in a BIG Way

Making the switch to the ketogenic diet can seem like a gargantuan task at first. The first four weeks are generally the toughest, as your body gradually copes with hunger and cravings for carbohydrates. After the first four weeks it should be smooth sailing, right?

Not exactly. While it is true that it gets easier the longer you are committed to it, new issues can arise. For instance, specific nutrient deficiencies. But don’t worry too much, we are here to help you with that.

Take it in stride, and with the help of these supplements, your transition can be as seamless as possible.

Super Greens Supplement

There are many reasons why you should take a super greens supplement, regardless of if you are on a keto diet or not. If you are practicing keto, however, you need to take this much more seriously since there is a high likelihood that you have severely restricted your intake of fruits.

Super greens not only contain greens, as the name may suggest, but oftentimes also included superfruits, and other superfoods, along with supporting vitamins and minerals. The range of vitamins and minerals can also help reduce symptoms of keto flu[i]other types of protein such as whey or casein, and that is owing to the rates of absorption. To be precise, we are referring to keto collagen, which is a blend of being chain triglycerides (MCT) and collagen, which acts as a buffer to slow down the speed of absorption of the amino acids.

This slow, staggered release of amino acids is beneficial for allowing them to be used for recovery and healing, as opposed to conversion into glucose when a large surplus enters the blood at once. If you can’t get your hands on keto collagen, simply combine collagen protein powder and MCT oil or powder.

Keep in mind- whey and other protein types are not explicitly off-limits on keto, but you need to use them much more strategically to not counter the benefits of dietary ketosis. Collagen protein is also not a complete protein, so you will need to ensure you are consuming other high quality sources of protein.

MCT Oil

A staple of ketogenic diets everywhere, MCT Oil (either purified C8 or from coconut oil) offers one of the most valuable fat sources available on the keto diet, as they can travel to the liver rapidly via hepatic circulation where they are converted into ketone bodies[ii]digestion and absorption of fats. This can help reduce the incidence of gastric adverse effects, especially if using a C6 heavy oil.

However, keep in mind that dandelion also possesses mild diuretic properties that can worsen electrolyte imbalances and dehydration if you’re not careful. This can easily be addressed with daily superfood powder consumption or a balanced multivitamin/multimineral supplement.

Creatine

Creatine should be considered the every man’s supplement. Whether you’re on keto or not, creatine has ergogenic effects on exercise performance, and can help alleviate some fatigue in the gym.

In addition to this, creatine supports muscle cell volumization and glycogen saturation[iv]creatine can help to buffer the drop in performance experienced when transitioning from carbohydrates to fat for fuel, but in the longer term, the body becomes more efficient at gluconeogenesis and creatine’s effects become more predictable and look like those on a standard higher carb diet.

In Summary

There are other supplements that you can take as well which can help to enhance the ketogenic diet experience, such as exogenous ketones, Omega-3 fatty acids, branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), glutamine, and even an electrolyte powder if your greens supplement does not contain enough of the necessary minerals.

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