Add These 9 Keto Diet Supplements To Your Product Line
The global ketogenic diet market is expected to increase from $9.7 billion in 2018 to $15.6 billion in 2027. Unlike other diets, the keto diet is characterized by high fat and few to no carbohydrates. This diet is popular for transforming metabolism and has several health benefits.[i] Certain nutrition supplements can certainly help enhance the effectiveness of the diet, ease its side effects, and prevent nutrition deficiencies.
What Do Keto Supplements Do?
The ketogenic diet changes the primary fuel source from glucose to fat. As a result, the human body begins performing an activity called ketogenesis and starts converting fat stores to ketones in the liver to provide an alternate energy fuel. It’s a huge change and will take some adjustment before the body settles. Keto diet supplements can help the body make this adjustment.[ii]
Benefits of Keto Supplements
- Reduce Symptoms of the “Keto Flu” – Some people experience what is often referred to as “Keto flu” (not acutal influenza) – a combination of symptoms during the first few days after adopting the keto diet. People experience fatigue, brain fog, nausea, irritability, diarrhea or constipation, muscle cramps, and more while adjusting to the newly changed metabolism - from burning sugar to burning fat for most of their body’s energy requirements. A lack of vitamins and minerals may contribute to keto flu during the ketosis transition.
- Supports Individual Health Goals – Keto supplements support the health goal that motivated individuals who started the keto diet.
- Bridges the Nutritional Gaps in the Diet – Keto diet restricts from eating starchy veggies and fruits. Keto supplements help bridge this nutrition gap by supplying the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Supplements That Are Great for the Keto Diet
The following are 9 Keto supplements you should consider adding to your product line.
Magnesium is vital for maintaining normal heart rhythm, nerve and muscle function, and healthy immunity and bone health besides other 300+ bodily reactions, including regulating sleep and maintaining proper testosterone levels. As the foods rich in magnesium are also rich in carbs, and hence, are restricted in the keto diet, it’s worth it to take magnesium supplements. The daily value is 420 mg for most adults.
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids supplements contain eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA) that help reduce inflammation due to physical overexertion, support cognitive function, and promote heart health. These supplements are particularly beneficial to individuals on the keto diet as they help maintain a healthy omega-3 to the omega-6 ratio when following this fat-rich diet. They can also be useful for maintaining healthy insulin and triglyceride levels already in a normal range. People consuming blood-thinning medications should consult their physician before taking these supplements.[iii]
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D supplements are critical for calcium absorption, healthy immune system and bones, and cellular growth. Since there are very few foods that can be excellent sources of vitamin D, deficiency and insufficiency of this vitamin is common amongst Americans, and supplements of this vital nutrient are recommended for the people following the keto diet.[iv]
- Exogenous Ketones / MCT Oil
Exogenous ketone supplements are an external form of ketones. Taking exogenous ketones raises your ketone levels and offers increased focus, higher energy levels, and more energy for better athletic performance. Alternatively, you can also opt for MCT (Medium-chain Triglycerides) oil that helps produce ketones in the body.[v] [vi]
Fiber is the indigestible part of plant food and is essential for keeping the digestive system healthy. Many keto-friendly foods, such as leafy greens, nuts, avocados, etc. contain fiber. Then, should fibers be consumed while on keto? If the diet mainly focuses on seafood, meat, dairy, and eggs, then fiber is insufficient – so, yes, consuming fibers is essential. Fiber supplements can help keep constipation at bay while following the keto diet.[vii]
- Digestive Enzymes
Since the keto diet primarily comprises of fats with moderate protein, those who are not used to it can experience unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms, including nausea, bloating, fatigue, diarrhea, or constipation. Digestive enzymes containing lipase, proteases, and peptidases can alleviate these symptoms. While lipase helps break down fat, proteases and peptidases break down protein. It will help if these enzymes are taken either with a high-fat meal or a few minutes before eating.[viii]
The body needs calcium for healthy bones, cardiovascular system, muscle and nerve communication, and release of hormones.[ix] Milk and dairy products are off-limits on the keto diet because of their carbohydrate levels. You can still get calcium from salmon with bones, sardines with bones, broccoli, and kale. However, if you dislike fish or find it hard to eat so many leafy greens, you can opt for calcium supplements. The daily value for both men and women is 1300 mg.[x]
Iron is crucial as it is required to make hemoglobin in red blood cells for carrying oxygen throughout the body properly. Without adequate iron, individuals may feel weak and lethargic. The keto diet restricts solid iron sources like fortified breakfast cereals, tofu, lentils, and beans. You can still get iron from some fish, beef, and oysters. However, vegetarians and vegans on the keto diet may find it challenging to have a sufficient amount of iron from their food, as the body can’t absorb the iron in leafy greens such as spinach and kale easily. Thus, iron supplements are a smart way to ensure that the body’s iron requirement is met.[xi]
- Greens Powder
Vegetables contain a variety of minerals, vitamins, and potent compounds that lower disease risk, fight inflammation, and enable your body to function at optimal levels. As the keto diet plan makes it difficult to have enough plant food, greens’ powder can be an easy and quick way to boost your vegetable intake. Most greens’ powder consists of a powdered plant mixture of kale, spinach, chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass, broccoli, and more and presents a convenient option that can be added to shakes, drinks, and smoothies.[xii]
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