BHB is used for dry eye, athletic performance, migraine, Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Uses & Effectiveness ?
Insufficient Evidence for
- Athletic performance. Early research on the use of BHB for athletic performance is mixed. Small studies show that taking BHB before cycling doesn't decrease fatigue or improve power while cycling. But another small study shows that taking a chemical called 3-hydroxybutyl-3-hydroxybutyrate, which turns into BHB in the body, might help athletes to run faster.
- Dry eye. Applying eye drops containing BHB doesn't seem to improve eye symptoms in patients with dry eyes.
- Obesity. Early research suggests that BHB might help to preserve muscle mass and reduce feelings of hunger in overweight people who are on a very low-calorie diet or a starvation diet.
- Alzheimer disease.
- Parkinson disease.
- Other uses.
When applied into the eye: BHB is POSSIBLY SAFE. An eye drop containing 1% BHB has been used without side effects for up to 4 weeks.
Special Precautions and Warnings
We currently have no information for BETA-HYDROXYBUTYRATE (BHB) overview.
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