Caveat emptor! No, my computer didn’t auto-correct, caveat emptor is Latin for Buyer Beware. The vast popularity of the Ketogenic Diet has spawned virtually thousands of new products, and, as with other segments of nutritional supplementation, there are excellent, efficacious products and, there are those not so wonderful.
Before we start our review of the APPROVED SCIENCE™ KETO SUPPORT product, we’ll elaborate on the popularity of Keto and what’s driving this amazing trend. Shape.com called 2018 the “Year of the Keto Diet.” What propelled Keto to such heights? According to Shape, more than a half-million people shared their Keto transformations on Instagram, including celebrities who swear by the diet. One popular Keto product went on Shark Tank and received offers from each of the investors.
A result of this popularity is that Keto-friendly products began gaining shelf space in major retailers; first in nutrition retailers like GNC and Vitamin Shoppe, then to specialty stores, such as Whole Foods and Sprouts, and finally even to your local supermarket. And, of course, e-commerce retailers have been on board since day one.
As previously mentioned, with a relatively new category with this much attention, supplement companies have been quick to seize on the opportunity with new products. One such company is Approved Science™ headquartered at 30 N. Gould Street, Suite 2503, Sheridan, Wyoming. The company has been in business for a little over one year, was formed as an LLC, and that encompasses everything a thorough internet search could uncover about the parent company. There is a great deal of information available on the company’s website, but you will not find a physical location or the name of any company personnel. Ironically, the product package indicates the product is distributed by APPROVED SCIENCE™, New York, New York.
APPROVED SCIENCE™ has introduced over forty products, including the subject of this review, their METABOLIC KETOSIS SUPPORT. In this review, we’ll detail the KETO SUPPORT formula and its key ingredients. We’ll discuss the product’s features and benefits. We’ll investigate to determine if the product is meeting its marketing claims. We’ll inform you where you can find the product, review the cost-value relationship, and as always provide you our rating in terms of effectiveness and value.
What is APPROVED SCIENCE™ KETO?
KETO SUPPORT is described as a top-quality, premium grade, high potency Keto supplement. The formula consists of BHB (Beta-Hydroxybutyrate) Exogenous Ketones (Keto Salts), with MCT Oils, and BioPerine®, all designed to get your body into Ketosis. The package contains ninety vegetable capsules and is Vegan-Friendly. The product has the GMP seal, reflecting that the manufacturer is cGMP (current Good Manufacturing Practices) compliant and certified. The website states this is an “FDA licensed laboratory environment.” To our knowledge, the FDA does not license supplement manufacturing facilities. The package also has a notation, “100 % All Pure Ingredients,” that we do not usually see. The product does not state all-natural.
In the Key Ingredients segment, we will explain just what these ingredients are and their role in ketosis.
Key Ingredients in Keto Support
Let’s start this ingredient analysis with a definition of ketones. WebMD provides a straightforward explanation in layman’s terms.
“Ketones are chemicals made in your liver. You produce them when you don’t have enough insulin in your body to turn sugar (or glucose) into energy. You need another source, so your body uses fat instead. Your liver turns this fat into ketones, a type of acid, and sends them into your bloodstream.”
By understanding ketones, you can readily grasp the basic concept of the Keto Diet; reduce the consumption of carbs (sugar) to stimulate ketone production, and replace those carbs in your diet with fats, and to a lesser degree, protein.
Ketones made in your body are endogenous, and synthetic ketones are exogenous and contain only the beta-hydroxybutyrate ketone (BHB). Thus, we have the primary ingredient in KETO SUPPORT BHB Salts, at 2,000 mg. There are four types of BHB in KETO, each at an equal dosage of 500 mg:
- Calcium BHB
- Magnesium BHB
- Sodium BHB
- Potassium BHB
There are two remaining ingredients in the formula MCT Oil (400 mg) and Bioperine® (10 MG). Bioperine® is a patented ingredient used in supplements to aid in absorption and bioavailability. MCT Oil refers to medium-length chains of fats called triglycerides. MCTs are more easily digested and are lower in calories than other fats and have become a staple in the Keto world.
KETO SUPPORT Dosages
The company recommends three capsules daily, taken one each with an eight-ounce glass of water, thirty minutes before breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The label includes a caution not to exceed the recommended dosage.
Benefits of APPROVED SCIENCE™ KETO
The company’s website states that the specific benefit of KETO is to get your body into Ketosis more quickly, delivering the following benefits:
- Weight loss
- Burn fat
- Suppress appetite
- Boost energy
- Restore and balance electrolytes
- Stabilize blood sugar
- Enhanced cognition
- Decreased inflammation
- Improved heart health
- Overall wellbeing
How Does KETO SUPPORT Perform?
Those half-million transformations posted on Instagram are a testament to the effectiveness of the Keto Diet. Of paramount importance is adherence to the low carb intake principle. Taking in excess carbs and then relying on any exogenous ketone to return you to ketosis is not a sound practice. Exogenous ketones are supplemental to the diet, not a remedy to non-compliance.
The KETO SUPPORT formula is sound, the dosages appropriate. Bioperine® is a patented and clinically proven ingredient to aid in absorption and bioavailability, and we like the addition of MCT Oils.
We are confident you’ll enjoy success with the product, provided you follow the diet principles. When looking at the company’s claims, we take issue with the heart health and overall wellbeing comments, in fact, the increased fat intake can be an issue with heart health, and we believe more people encounter negative mood swings than wellbeing when on keto.
Potential Side Effects of APPROVED SCIENCE™ KETO
The company states that “after twenty years of research focusing on which ingredients make an effective Keto supplement, there are absolutely no potential side effects.” We concur that the ingredients in KETO are generally considered safe and effective; however, longer-term effects are not known.
There are reported minor side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, and stomach discomfort associated with ketone salts and MCT Oils.
Speaking of Keto, in general, there are potential concerns with the program, including constipation, electrolyte imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. Of primary concern is the high-fat content. Despite one’s best intentions, the diet inevitably leads to excessive intake of bad fats, which can have an adverse effect on LDL levels.
Particularly with this diet and this supplement, we recommend you check with your medical professional before embarking on Keto.
The product is list priced on the website at $59.95; however, your actual cost will be $49.95 for a single bottle. There are also special offers such as “Buy Two Get One Free,” and, “Buy three Get Three Free.”
The company has a “60 Day Moneyback Guarantee” valid for both used and unused bottles of the product purchased on their website. To our knowledge, this Guarantee does not apply to products purchased from other sources.
Best Places to Buy KETO SUPPORT
KETO is available on the company website, ApprovedScience.com, and Amazon.com and ebay.com. The product does not appear to be available in traditional brick and mortar stores such as specialty retailers GNC or the Vitamin Shoppe.
Although Amazon offers a single bottle at $49.95 (matching the company’s website pricing) and special “bundle” packages, the best “bundle” pricing for KETO SUPPORT is on the APPROVED SCIENCE™ company website.
Due to the limitations of the Guarantee Policy on product not purchased at the ApprovedScience.com site, we recommend the company website if you opt to test this product.
The age of the company, lack of information regarding ownership, the misstatement regarding FDA licensing, and the lack of a physical location, or the name of anyone associated with the company give us pause. If you are looking for an exogenous ketone, we think you may want to consider a more established brand. Pricing appears to be competitive with other major brands, so in our opinion, you may be better served with a brand such as Perfect Keto or Ancient Nutrition.