Raspberry ketones are the “number 1 miracle fat burner in a bottle” as endorsed. If you are trying to lose weight, you may have come across this relatively new, highly effective product on the market. This article talks about what raspberry ketones are, what they do, how to take them for weight loss and what other benefits you can attain from raspberry ketones.
Raspberry ketones are the sweet aromatic chemicals found in the red raspberries, cranberries and blackberries. Their chemical structure is similar to capsaicin, found in red chillis and synephrine that is found in citrus fruits. Both these compounds have been known to increase the body’s metabolism. In line this, raspberry ketones have been investigated for their effect on the body’s metabolism and shown to have a similar action.
Previous to this finding, raspberry ketones were used in the cosmetic and food industry for their fragrant and sweetening properties respectively. While raspberry ketones can be extracted naturally, discovery of their numerous uses has led to an exponential growth in their demand, resulting in the development of methods for synthetic manufacture of these chemicals.
In weight loss, raspberry ketones work in a number of ways.
Firstly they trick the body into producing more adiponectin. Adiponectin is a hormone that increases insulin sensitivity and by doing so it increases glucose utilisation, fatty acid oxidation, insulin signalling and glucose uptake which all result in weight loss and increased energy levels. In this way, raspberry ketones decreased breakdown of fats in the body.
Secondly, the high fiber content of raspberry ketones has an appetite suppressant effect. The fiber makes you fuller faster and keeps you full for longer.
How do you take raspberry ketones for weight loss? The exact amount you require is determined by your health status, your age and, the amount of fat you want to lose. However, as a rule of thumb, most people show effective weight loss with 100-150mg of raspberry ketone twice daily. Generally the greater the amount of body fat you are carrying, the larger the raspberry ketone dosage you will require when following the raspberry ketone diet. Manufacturers recommend that you begin with the lower dose of 100mg and increase to 150mg if necessary. The raspberry ketone tablets should be taken 30 minutes before breakfast and lunch for the optimal appetite suppressant effect. They should not be taken in the evening as they cause restlessness and may lead to insomnia.
Raspberry ketones also have an effect on improving the elasticity of the skin and increasing the growth of hair. They have an antioxidant effect that visibly reduces the signs of ageing and prevents cancers. Additionally, raspberry ketones are anti-atherogenic, thereby reducing an individuals risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke.
Individuals taking raspberry ketones have reported side effects such as palpitations, nausea and restlessness. It is advisable to speak to your healthcare provider before taking raspberry ketones particularly if you suffer from a medical condition, are taking other medication, are pregnant or breast feeding. The raspberry ketone diet is not recommended for individuals who are allergic to raspberries.