You have likely heard of people wanting to increase their ketone levels. But what exactly are exogenous ketones (EK) and are they something that could help you to achieve better health? Read on to find out.
The Purpose of Exogenous Ketones
Ketones are organic compounds that your body uses to create energy. Your body uses specific kinds – acetone and acetoacetic acid – and there’s also beta-hydroxybutyric acid (BHB), which is not technically a ketone but functions as one in the body. The process called ketosis is the body’s conversion of fat to ketones for use as energy.
Exogenous ketones then are simply ketone bodies synthesized in a lab and consumable as a nutritional supplement. Exogenous means “growing outside of the organism.