Before February 2012, Raspberry ketones were a relatively obscure topic, its existence unknown to many. But moments after Dr Oz touted it as “ the #1 Miracle in a bottle to burn fat”, its sales took off overnight. Suddenly, it was the holy grail of the weight loss community.
Two years after that momentous day, Raspberry Keytone still successfully attracts weight loss enthusiasts from all over the world. But does it really help with weight loss, or is it just another marketing ploy? In this article we are going to take a detailed look at the true efficacy of this “miracle” product called Raspberry Ketone.
What exactly are Raspberry Ketones?
It is a phenolic compound that is found in fruits such as cranberries, blackberries and raspberries. It is the primary chemical that gives red raspberry its aroma. Despite its current popularity, raspberry ketones have been actually part of the cosmetics, perfume and food industry for decades now, serving the purpose of adding a rich fruity odor to a wide variety of products.
Raspberry Ketone and Weightloss: Everything You Need To Know Before Making The Purchase
Raspberry ketones have been linked with weight loss because its chemical structure is similar to other compounds, such as Capsaicin and Synephrine, that have clinically been shown to stimulate lipolytic (breakdown of fat) activities.
Raspberry Ketones Role In Weight Loss Have Not Been Clinically Proven
A study done on rats have shown that Raspeberry ketone increases lipolysis in adipocytes, which are basically fat cells. The study demonstrated that the Raspberry ketones affected the breakdown of lipids by accelerating the process of lipolysis through an increased secretion of adiponectin
In another study, the mice were divided into two groups. The first group was fed a high fat diet consisting of 2% Raspberry Keytone for 10 weeks. The second group was given a high fat diet for 6 weeks and then given a high fat diet containing 1% Raspberry Keytone for 5 more weeks. The first group burned more and gained less fat than the second one. Most importantly, RK was shown to increase nonepinephrine induced fat breakdown in white adipocytes.
There have been other studies done that show similar results, but the problem is that there haven’t been any research done on humans yet. Although the mice gene is 85% similar to ours, it is not enough to make the claim a fact. More high quality research is definitely needed to truly understand how these results transfer onto humans.
Is Raspberry Ketone Safe?
FDA classified Raspberry Ketone as a GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) in 1960, but that was assuming people wouldn’t consume more that 2 milligram a day. But the recommended dosage of most RK supplements found today is between 100-250 milligram per day.
According to Sara G.Kahn, people with diabetes, thyroid condition, heart disease and blood pressure should be leery about using this product because it can cause fluctuations in blood sugar levels and heart palpitations. The increase in norepineprhine in the bloodstream can increase glucose production, and also could make people more agitated. People with asthma and COPD should also consult their doctor before taking this product.
For Maximum Benefits Use It In Conjuction With Healthy Diet and Exercise
When weight loss expert, Lisa Lynn, appeared on the Dr Oz show to promote this product, she mentioned that most of her clients paired Raspberry Ketone with a clean diet and daily exercise. Also, Dr Oz reiterated the fact that , instead of using it as a miracle pill, it should only be used to “get over the hump to weight loss” .
It is very important to remember that a supplement, in this case Raspberry Ketone, does not replace weight training, cardio…any form of physical exercise or a well balanced diet. It is meant to assist you in your weight loss journey, but it is definitely not enough on its own.
Sorry to burst your bubble, but Raspberry Ketone is not the miracle product you have been waiting for. It will not magically melt those extra pounds. The research studies that have been conducted does show promising results when it comes to its role in weight loss, but we also cannot forget that these experiments were not done in humans. So it’s reliability and validity is still questionable
As Dr. Oz and Lisa Lynn suggest, if you use it in conjunction with daily workout and exercise, you will see results. But how much of that result can we really credit RK for? We don’t know. Fad diets and pills come and go, but if you are looking for a foolproof way to get fit for the summer, nothing can beat a good workout and a clean diet.
With pills, you have to worry about side effects, its potency and all this other stuff that might not even be under your control. Stop looking for the easy way out and work for your dream body. It will never fail you!