Ketone Bodies – A New Supplement Trend for Athletes?
Ketosis is a state that occurs in many complex organisms as a means of sustaining survival during times of nutritional deprivation – specifically, when carbohydrate intake is reduced. This reduction causes the body to use substances called ketone bodies, which come from fat, for fuel. The authors of the new study noted that because of the size of the human brain, maintaining constant fuel sources is of the utmost importance. This is especially true for athletes who use fuel sources at a faster rate.
The researchers concluded that there is sufficient evidence to support ketosis as a viable state for athletes. With advantages for energy production as well as muscle and glucose sparing, this substrate has a lot of promise. The problem is, for the average person, achieving ketosis is only possible through an extreme diet that may negate some of its advantages.
For this reason, the authors suggested further research into the achievement of ketosis through supplementation. Keep in mind, this study supports the future sale of a product. However, the information provided regarding ketosis is still valuable and thought-provoking. What do you think about ketosis for athletes?