This is the time of year where you might think about starting a new diet or eating more healthily thanks to the excesses of the holidays and the ‘blues’ that tend to follow. In fact if you are anything like friends and colleagues of mine, most people have already started and failed a couple of diets since January 1st. One of the things that is perceived as a little easier to follow that a fad diet, is to take supplements to help you in a particular area. One that seems popular this year, is Raspberry Ketone.

What is Raspberry Ketone Used For?

Raspberry Ketone is a natural phenolic compound which is responsible for the smell or scent of raspberry. In other words, when you smell a ripe red raspberry, Raspberry Ketone is responsible for what you are actually smelling. Despite its name, Raspberry Ketone is actually found in other fruits too, including cranberries and blackberries.

Raspberry Ketone is marketed as a natural weight-loss supplement, rather than one used to target a specific area of the body. It is used in weight loss management and considered to be helpful in breaking down fat more efficiently in your body. This is because it is thought to regulate and increase the quantity of adiponectin in the body, which is the protein that regulates metabolism. The more adiponectin in the body, the lower body fat is thought to be. This is therefore seen as somewhat of a miracle supplement as, should it be effective, it does not involve doing anything different in your diet or your exercise regimen.

The Cost of Raspberry Ketone

Raspberry ketone in its natural form can cost as much as $20,000 per kilo. This is because only a 1-4mg can be extracted from an entire kilo of ripe red raspberries. As Raspberry ketone can be synthesised far more cheaply, this is the normal way supplements have been created. Supplements tend to contain either 100mgs or 500mgs of Raspberry Ketone per capsule and depending on the dosage they are often one per day. Initially the supplements were very expensive, but as some time has passed since they became more popular, they are now well-priced. However, do not be fooled by poor quality imports that are very cheap. You should choose high quality certified supplements made by a reputable manufacturer.

Blind Me With Science

Scientific exploration is limited. In fact, there have only been very small studies on mice and no human studies undertaken at all to this point. However, with the latest investigations into Raspberry Ketone seeing a potential reduction in the chances of contracting liver cancer and a positive reduction of cell damage, these seem likely to increase and hopefully produce many positive results. There are no known side effects, although with Raspberry Ketone being a stimulant, some people have reported having symptoms such as heart palpitations and sleeplessness. Without scientific study and the passing of time, we will not know any negative effects, but it has been passed as a safe food product in both the US and UK among other countries.

A Bit of Bad Press

The Raspberry Ketone Diet Plan was under fire in the UK back in July after fake celebrity endorsements from Adele, Victoria Beckham and even the Duchess of Cambridge were used through Facebook advertising. It is thought that thousands of women purchased the plan which was not a one-off payment as they imagined, but in fact a monthly subscription service. It is unlikely that this did much to damage the reputation of Raspberry Ketone, but bad press is never positive.

So, Raspberry Ketones may well be worth a try, but we may need to wait until science catches up to verify this!

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Dale is a long-time student of health, wellness and nutrition. He’s currently working with Well Beings Health and Nutrition Centre in Langley, Canada.

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