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Raspberry Ketone In Weight Loss : Myth or Reality

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The sweet aroma found in Raspberry is due to a natural substance present in them, known as Raspberry Ketone.  This substance is also present in some other berries like Blackberries, Cranberries and Kiwi, though comparable in smaller amount than that of Raspberry.


RaspberriesSince long, Raspberry ketone is widely used in cosmetic products and also in soft drinks, ice cream, perfume, and some processed foods as a food additive to impart a fruity odor. In recent years, Raspberry ketone has gained popularity as an ingredient for weight loss. Despite this popularity as a weight loss supplement’, no reliable scientific evidence is found, as of its being effective for the purpose, when taken by people. Some people even use it to their scalp to improve hair growth.


. Raspberry ketone is not abundantly found in Raspberries, thus costing around $ 20,000 per kg, so it is chemically prepared using a variety of methods. Synthetic Raspberry ketone costs approximately one-fifth of the natural product, so it is much cheaper.


Using Raspberry ketone as a weight loss supplement is often questioned regarding the side effects of raspberry ketone. No scientific studies have been made for determining ketone side effects on human beings. However, some experiments and studies have been made on rats and other animals to check if raspberry ketones side effects may be found. Though no side effects of raspberry ketones were evidently found, but the intakes given to mice and rats were much higher than a human being would get with raspberry ketone supplementation. Instead of ketone side effects, studies showed that in mice and rats, raspberry ketone protected against weight gain and fatty liver.

Despite being not scientifically proven anything regarding side effects of raspberry ketones, in some cases, a feeling of jitteriness might be caused. Besides these, a few people reported of feeling shaky and of palpitations (pounding heart beat). Another raspberry ketones side effects reported so far is an increase in blood pressure and a rapid heartbeat.

Moreover, any reliable information as of side effects of raspberry ketone during pregnancy or breastfeeding is not found so far, it is yet to be determined if ketone side effects are there or not. But to be on the safe side, uses of raspberry ketone should be avoided during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

However, no side effects of raspberry ketones found when used as a food additive, so the FDA has categorized it as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS)



So far, due to lack of enough scientific information, the appropriate dose of raspberry ketone for human beings is not determined. It depends on various factors, such as age and health of the user. Some other conditions should also be taken into consideration while deciding the dose of raspberry ketone. Hence, before start using raspberry ketone as a supplement, a physician or any of your other health care professionals should be consulted. Besides this, you should follow all the instructions provided on the product labels.






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