Why Are Ketones Produced?

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The Fat-fueled Brain: Unnatural Or Advantageous?

Disclaimer: First things first. Please note that I am in no way endorsing nutritional ketosis as a supplement to, or a replacement for medication. As you’ll see below, data exploring the potential neuroprotective effects of ketosis are still scarce, and we don’t yet know the side effects of a long-term ketogenic diet. This post talks about the SCIENCE behind ketosis, and is not meant in any way as medical advice. The ketogenic diet is a nutritionist’s nightmare. High in saturated fat and VERY low in carbohydrates, “keto” is adopted by a growing population to paradoxically promote weight loss and mental well-being. Drinking coffee with butter? Eating a block of cream cheese? Little to no fruit? To the uninitiated, keto defies all common sense, inviting skeptics to wave it off as an unnatural “bacon-and-steak” fad diet. Yet versions of the ketogenic diet have been used to successfully treat drug-resistant epilepsy in children since the 1920s – potentially even back in the biblical ages. Emerging evidence from animal models and clinical trials suggest keto may be therapeutically used in many other neurological disorders, including head ache, neurodegenerative diseases, Continue reading >>

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    K+ is not an acid and Br- is not a base, so the solution is neutral. But KF is basic, why is it not also neutral since they both have K+ and Br and F are in the same group? Also for compounds such as AlCl3 and Cu(NO3)2, how do I determine that it is Al(H2O)6 or Cu(H2O)6 when I am writing out the chemical equation?

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    F- is an exception in that it is the only halogen that affects the pH of a solution. If one thinks about the series H-F, H--Cl, H---Br, H----I and recalls that H-F is the weakest acid (strongest bond) then it makes sense that F- will pick up H+ from water to form H-F and OH- and hence raise the solution pH. For the metal complexes, Al3+ and Cu2+ form octahedral complexes with water, the main point is that a highly charged cation can remove H+ from H2O to form OH-.

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