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INGREDIENT OF THE WEEK: RASPBERRY KETONES

JULY 27, 2016

Raspberry Ketone is a compound extracted from red raspberries, as well as kiwifruit, peaches, grapes, apples, other berries, vegetables such as rhubarb, and the bark of yew, maple, and pine trees. This compound has made its way into the weight loss world and is quite common amongst dietary supplements. Raspberry Ketone came into the scene decades ago and was used for its smell and fragrance. Now days, Researchers have found out its molecule is similar to Capsaicin, a chemical found in peppers that give off the heat, which is used as a fat burner. 

Some research in animals or in test tubes shows that Raspberry Ketones might increase some measures of metabolism. It might also affect a hormone in the body called Adiponectin. Adiponectin is a hormone that is released by fat cells and is believed to play a role in regulating metabolism and blood sugar levels and can increase the rate at which the body burns fat and reduce appetiteThin people have much higher levels of Adiponectin than people who are overweight and the levels of the hormone increase when people lose weight. Research also suggests that when paired with a balanced diet and regular exercise, Raspberry Ketones can help you lose weight. Raspberry Ketones also increased lipolysis (breakdown of fat), by making the cells more sensitive to the effects of the fat burning hormone norepinephrine. The stimulation of lipolysis could help suppress the accumulation of fat, and therefore help prevent weight gain.

Reliable research on the use of Raspberry Ketones for any health conditions in humans is currently lacking. Only a handful of preliminary studies have been done to look at Raspberry Ketone as a weight loss aid, and none of these were done in humans. Raspberry Ketones are not a miraculous cure-all but a helpful addition to a healthy diet and exercise program.