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What are raspberry ketones?

Raspberry ketone is a chemical from red raspberries (Rubus idaeus). It is most commonly used for weight loss and obesity  and has also claimed to increase lean body mass. The raspberry ketones you find in supplements are synthetically made via an industrial process and are not natural.

How do they work?

Raspberry ketone is a chemical from red raspberries that is thought to help weight loss. Some research in animals and in test tubes show that it might increase some measure 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.

Facts and Tidbits

It has a long history of use in cosmetics and has been added to soft drinks, ice cream and other processed foods as a flavorant.

Extracting raspberry ketones from raspberries is insanely expensive because you need 90 pounds (41 kg) of raspberries to get the amount needed for a single dose!

When administered topically, as part of a cream, it has been shown to increase hair growth in people with hair loss, as well as improve skin elasticity in healthy women as a food additive, raspberry ketones are categorized as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS) by the FDA.

There is no good data on side effects or a science-backed recommended dosage.


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