How do the benefits of H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester compare to fasting and the ketogenic diet?
H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester may offer a subset of the benefits of fasting and the ketogenic diet. What's more, being in a state of "fed ketosis," which is unique to H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester, offers some benefits over fasting or the ketogenic diet.
There are many benefits to fasting and the ketogenic diet, but the two most frequently cited benefits are:
- Fat loss (weight loss), which largely occurs as a result of the body utilizing fat to produce ketones.
- Improved insulin sensitivity, which is mainly due to carbohydrate restriction restoring blood glucose control and allowing insulin sensitivity to recover.
BHB from H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester has an inhibitory effect on fat release. Therefore, it does not directly cause weight loss. A drink of H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester can affect appetite and gut hormone release (1), but it is unclear if this will directly help with weight loss. H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester can lower blood glucose even in the presence of carbohydrates (2). Animal studies of H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester have shown that it may affect insulin sensitivity (3), but it is unclear if this would happen in humans following a normal diet with high carbohydrate intake. Therefore, H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester should not be used to replace other lifestyle changes for weight loss or metabolic health.
However, there are many other benefits of fasting and the ketogenic diet. These include: mental clarity, neurogenesis, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects. It is thought that some of these benefits may be driven by the presence of BHB itself, acting as a signal (4). Future research will look to see if raising BHB by consuming H.V.M.N. Ketone Ester can offer this subset of benefits without needing to fast or follow a strict ketogenic diet.