RASPBERRY KETONE Overview Information
Raspberry ketone is a chemical from red raspberries, as well as kiwifruit, peaches, grapes, apples, other berries, vegetables such as rhubarb, and the bark of yew, maple, and pine trees.
People take raspberry ketone by mouth for weight loss. It became popular for weight loss after it was mentioned on the Dr. Oz television show during the segment called "Raspberry ketone: Miracle fat-burner in a bottle" in February 2012.
People apply raspberry ketone to the skin for hair loss.
Raspberry ketone is also used in foods, cosmetics, and other manufacturing as a fragrance or flavoring agent.
How does it work?
Raspberry ketone is a chemical from red raspberries that is thought to help for weight loss. Some research in animals or in test tubes shows that raspberry ketone might increase some measures of metabolism. It might also affect a hormone in the body called adiponectin. Adiponectin can increase the rate at which the body burns fat and reduce appetite. However, it is important to keep in mind that there is no reliable scientific evidence that raspberry ketone improves weight loss when taken by people.
- Hair loss (alopecia areata). Early research shows that applying a raspberry ketone solution to the scalp might increase hair growth in people with hair loss.
- Male pattern baldness (androgenic alopecia). Early research shows that applying a raspberry ketone solution to the scalp might increase hair growth in people with male pattern baldness
- Obesity. Early research suggests that taking raspberry ketone plus vitamin C might decrease weight and body fat in healthy people. Other research suggests that taking a specific product (Prograde Metabolism) containing raspberry ketone (Razberi K, Integrity Nutraceuticals) and other ingredients including caffeine twice daily for 8 weeks reduces body weight by 2%, fat mass by 7.8%, waist circumference by 2%, and hip circumference by 1.7%. The effects of taking raspberry ketone alone are not clear.
- Other conditions.
RASPBERRY KETONE Side Effects & Safety
Raspberry ketone is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth appropriately as part of a product containing other ingredients in the short-term. Doses of 1000 mg of a specific formulation (Prograde Metabolism), which contains raspberry ketone (Razberi K, Integrity Nutraceuticals) and other ingredients, including caffeine, has been used safely twice daily for 8 weeks.
There isn't enough reliable information available to know if taking raspberry ketone alone is safe. There are some concerns about the safety of raspberry ketone because it is chemically related to a stimulant called synephrine. Therefore, it is possible that raspberry ketone might cause feelings of jitteriness, increase blood pressure, or rapid heartbeat. In one report, someone who took raspberry ketone described feelings of being shaky and a pounding heart beat (palpitations).
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking raspberry ketone if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Raspberry ketone might lower blood sugar levels. In theory, raspberry ketone might make blood sugar drop too low in people already taking medications for diabetes.
RASPBERRY KETONE Dosing
The appropriate dose of raspberry ketone depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for raspberry ketone. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.