The facts about raspberry ketone

Claims of rapid and effortless weight loss are swiftly making this little supplement popular. But does it actually work? Learn all the facts about raspberry ketone and if it will work for you.

By By Katherine Vankoughnet

The facts about raspberry ketone
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Celebrity doctors and weight-loss gurus alike are touting the benefits of raspberry ketone, the latest miracle cure in the battle of the bulge. The supplement has become so popular that health food stores are even having trouble keeping up with the demand. But does it really work? Read on for the good, the bad and the ugly on this supposedly magical pill.

What is it?: Raspberry ketone is an aromatic compound found in raspberries that, when ingested in high doses, is said to increase the body's production of adiponectin, a protein used to regulate your metabolism, as well as the body's breaking down of fat stores. In order to ingest the recommended 100-milligram dosage required to affect these changes, however, one would have to consume 90 pounds of raspberries per day. As a result, the compound is produced synthetically in labs and consumed in pill form.

The effects of raspberry ketone

According to Dr. Mehmet Oz -- America's (and Oprah Winfrey's) favourite physician-turned-television star -- raspberry ketone is nothing short of a weight-loss miracle. Likening the effect of raspberry ketone on fat cells to that of liquid nitrogen on balloons, Dr. Oz promises that, when used in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise, the supplement will bring about dramatic physical changes. According to Dr. Oz, raspberry ketone essentially tricks your body into thinking it is thin.

The proof: There isn't much, unfortunately. What few studies have been done on the raspberry ketone compound have involved testing either on mice or in test tubes.

Dr. Yoni Freedhoff, the founder and medical director of Ottawa's Bariatric Medical Institute and the author of top health blog Weighty Matters, cautions against relying on mice-based results to predict outcomes in humans.

"Mice are not simply little people," says Dr. Freedhoff. "Using them as models does a great disservice because the translation of information to humans is miniscule at best."

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