How Ketosis Treats Cardiovascular Disease
Ketosis is a natural metabolic state that allows your body to burn fat for fuel. During ketosis, your body produces ketones from your fat stores, which can be used for energy when there are no more carbohydrates left to burn. Although you always produce a small amount of ketones, you can dramatically increase your ketones (and the fat you burn) by reducing the calories you eat, fasting, reducing carbohydrates in your diet, or increasing your activity with exercise.
When practiced regularly, entering ketosis has countless benefits, including weight loss, decreased inflammation and improved mental clarity. Maintaining a state of ketosis can even help reverse heart disease.
A 2020 study revealed a critical role for mitochondrial pyruvate use in cardiac function and highlighted the potential of dietary interventions to enhance cardiac fat metabolism to prevent or reverse cardiac dysfunction and remodeling in the setting of MPC deficiency.
A 2021 report published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concluded that the ketones released in ketosis and even exogenous ketones can help protect the heart in patients with cardiovascular disease.