Supplements for a ketogenic diet are not essential but can be useful in keeping you sharp, healthy, and strong. Many have found significant value in adding certain supplements to enhance their health. For example, something as simple as a magnesium pill can dramatically improve glucose processing. I encourage you to try out different supplements to determine how your body responds and see what works best for you!
There are a number of supplements that you can take while on the ketogenic diet that may help you to feel and perform better.
Vitamin D3 -Vitamin D3 helps to maintain calcium/phosphorous levels and plays a large role in supporting the immune system. Many people are deficient.
K2 -Promotes arterial health and healthy bones. Vitamin K2 directs calcium to go into your bones and teeth instead of your arteries.
Vitamin C -An antioxidant invaluable to the body for its role as an electron donor, supports numerous metabolic enzymes in addition to enhancing the body’s total antioxidant potential.
Magnesium -A dietary mineral essential for brain and heart health. It is the second thing people are most deficient in after Vitamin D.
Iodine -Important for thyroid hormones. It is a common deficiency unless you eat seaweed and sea fish regularly. Important to take with selenium.
Selenium -Reduces damage from oxidation and toxins, helps other antioxidants. Don’t take without iodine.
As you get keto adapted your body will process minerals in a different way and mineral supplementation becomes more important.
Electrolytes are important! Here are some generic suggestions for a basic keto mineral protocol:
Sodium chloride (salt) -When you switch to a low carbohydrate or ketogenic diet your body begins to excrete sodium and water which might make you feel lightheaded or sluggish. It is generally recommended that a person on a ketogenic diet consume 3-5 grams of sodium per day.
Potassium -An electrolyte important for proper nerve signaling, heart, and muscle function. Potassium citrate helps to dissolve free calcium, which reduces your risk for kidney stones.
Chromium -Helps to facilitate glucose level balance.
Description: Supplements for a Ketogenic Diet