What Is Raspberry Ketone (RK)?
Raspberry Ketone is a phenolic compound (an aromatic compound) that gives red raspberries their delicious smell. Scientists are also able to produce the Raspberry Ketone compound in a laboratory. The amount of Raspberry Ketones in supplements is significantly higher than eating raspberries by themselves.
How Raspberry Ketone Manufacturers Claim it Helps Weight Loss
According to manufacturers’ claims, Raspberry Ketones regulate the hormone Adiponectin, which tends to be present at lower levels in people with obesity than those without it. Some studies show that increasing Adiponectin levels may help treat insulin issues such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome by increasing insulin sensitivity. Insulin resistance is a key factor in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Raspberry Ketones may also regulate Norepinephrine, which can cause a slight rise in body temperature and hence increase the body’s energy output, thereby burning up calories, assisting with weightloss.
Raspberry Ketone Studies
The claims about Raspberry Ketones seem to arise from two rodent studies. In the first study, researchers demonstrated the substance’s effectiveness in suppressing fat accumulation in male mice. In a second study, Raspberry Ketone appeared to prevent fat accumulation in mice fed a high fat diet. Thus far, no human studies exist showing the effectiveness of Raspberry Ketones for fat loss in humans, although anecdotal evidence seems to suggest it may be helpful in some cases.
How Do Rodent Studies Translate to Humans?
According to Johns Hopkins Medical, mouse and human genomes are about 85 percent the same, which is why mice are so often used as an initial base for studying human biology, genetics, and disease. This means that some findings in rodents will be consistent with findings in humans while others won’t. Ultimately, the best determination of how successful a supplement will be in humans can only come from carefully controlled, peer-reviewed, scientific human studies.
In the wake of Raspberry Ketones’ recent media success, some manufacturers are
adding other claims to their product, as well. One that I have seen quite a lot is that
the Raspberry Ketones are anti-aging. While it is true they contain antioxidants that
fight free radical damage, it’s a big stretch to call them an anti-aging miracle. If you
want to fight aging, eat a superior plant based diet with natural antioxidants, and
that doesn’t leave a lot of clogging waste in your body. Don’t just try to buy it solely
with a pill. But then maybe Raspberry Ketones might just be of some help?
Raspberry Keytone Side Effects
* Not included in the hype are the potential dangers of Raspberry Ketones. Because
they regulate the body’s release of Norepinephrine, it causes a spike in body
temperature that may also lead to a temporary metabolic increase. Unfortunately,
along with raising body temperature, Norepinephrine can also raise blood pressure
and heart rate. People with diabetes, heart conditions, high blood pressure, Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD), and asthma should all avoid raspberry
ketones, which may aggravate the above conditions and should seek medical advice
prior to starting any weightloss program or diet including taking Raspberry Ketones.
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