Is Raspberry Ketone A Scam or Miracle?

New crazes in the alternative health industry are usually, and rightfully, treated with a certain amount of scepticism and pessimism. No more so is this true than when a product rises to prominence seemingly overnight – as was true with Raspberry Ketone. Is there something different about this seemingly innocuous phenolic compound, or will the popularity surrounding it fade away in a similarly spectacular manner to its arrival?

The first thing that needs to be cleared up is that this isn’t a new discovery. It’s been used for close to 100 years as an additive in foods and perfumes – the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put it on its ‘generally recognised as safe’ list in 1965. It should also be mentioned that it’s been used by raspberries for millions of years…

Something changed though. In 2005 a study was published in the reputable scientific journal ‘Life Sciences’, titled: ‘Anti-obese action of raspberry ketone’. It built upon a similar study conducted in 1970, but this newer study caught the attention of the alternative health industry. Combine this medical backing with a mention from Dr. Oz in 2012, and we have a new phenomenon.

So what are the common issues people raise with Raspberry Ketone? A few are discussed below:

1. It isn’t backed by science.

False – in short, the study mentioned above found that the metabolism of fats was changed, there was a resistance to additional fat gain, and existing fat levels decreased –  the mechanism for which it did this is relatively complex, but the paper is viewable online.

2. It hasn’t been tested on humans.

False – but, with a hint of truth. The study in 2005 was on mice, but it did irrefutably change their metabolism. The supplements have since been taken by many thousand humans with real and impressive results seen. No human study has been conducted because they’re expensive, and the supplement is selling well, with good results, nobody stands to gain anything from a human study.

3. It isn’t safe or doesn’t work.

False – these can be answered together because the answer is simple: people take them, lose weight and don’t become ill. The toxicity level was calculated in the paper mentioned above and found to be far in excess of what any human could possibly consume.

Is there a global Raspberry Ketone scam? There is no evidence that points towards that, whereas there is scientific evidence for the fact it works. At the very least, it’s a craze that isn’t hurting anybody – and if you are one of the people it has worked for, it’s actively helped!

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