“Raspberry Ketone” is probably a phrase you’ve heard in the past few months if you have an interest in diet and fitness, and demand for the hot new supplement is only increasing as more learn of its purported efficacy.
This product really took off in the earlier part of the year, when pal of Oprah, TV’s Dr. Oz, did a segment on the little-known supplements for losing weight. Dr. Oz is a favorite of audiences asides from being an esteemed professor of surgery at Columbia University, the medical expert is also learned in and appreciative of complimentary supplements such as raspberry ketone — a focus many appreciate as they reject harmful weight-loss drugs and invasive surgery in favor of natural remedies to resolve medical and obesity issues.
In a February 2012 segment on The Dr. Oz Show, Oz put’s this product front and center if you want to lose any weight. Speaking with weight loss expert Lisa Lynn, Dr. Oz explained he hadn’t been paying attention to the buzz about raspberry ketones until he began researching for the segment, and that he was blown away by “how powerful” the supplement is at accelerating how fast you lose weight.
Oz and Lynn make a very compelling case for effective and cheap products, explaining that the supplement works on the “key hormone adiponectin” which “naturally trips your body into thinking it’s thin.” And indeed, adiponectin, observed in many peer-reviewed cases, works to boost the metabolism independent of appetite, which is what makes it such a help to your body.
Interestingly, several studies bear out this evidence, and people have been buying up all the available supplies in health food stores and on the internet. Raspberry ketone’s tipping point in America may still be yet to come, as the main studies supporting the supplement’s effectiveness in weight loss are currently out of Asia, and still a new thing on American shores.
These products were first studied by researchers in Japan in 2005, and the scientists discovered that the supplement worked to break up fat cells and prevent obesity, as well as improving a “fatty liver.” Researchers in Korea observed similar benefits, but drilled down to discover it’s impact on the “key hormone adiponectin,” which regulates how the body handles sugars and fats in the blood. Essentially, researchers found, it will help burn stored fat, which is excellent news for dieters who have been trying to find a way to shift stubborn excess weight and have met resistance with diet and exercise alone.
Ultimately, as Dr. Oz notes, it’s possible to gain the same effect on the body by just eating regular raspberries. Which are delicious! But you’d have to eat 90 lbs. of berries (!!) to replicate the condensed effect for losing weight, making it basically impossible. (And expensive.)
While the studies concerning this supplement suggest compelling evidence that it holds unusual benefit for weight loss, many have shown concern over the latest ‘fad’ diet, however, the Food Drug Administration has classified the ingredient as “generally recognized as safe,” or GRAS. Most likely due to the fact that its completely natural and fruit based.
Raspberry ketone is currently intermittently available in health food stores, but online availability of the supplement is now more reliable due to the Dr. Oz-related buying frenzy.
Have you had a chance to try ‘Raspberry Ketone’ yet?