In desperation, we try to add supplements to our routines to help us with weight loss. Men in particular would like to try new things because we think every little bit counts in our quest to lose weight.
Among the most popular products that are on the market now is raspberry ketones. It sounds natural and not in the least bit dangerous.
What Are Raspberry Ketones?
That yummy smell of raspberries is created by ketones and these are synthetically produced in laboratories since the supplements themselves have a higher amount of ketones in terms of dosage.
Raspberry ketones are touted to help in weight loss because they are used in the regulation of the hormone called adiponectin. This hormone usually diminishes when you are obese.
There are studies that show if you raise the level of adiponectin in the body, insulin issues in type 2 diabetes or in metabolic syndrome can be treated effectively.
When the body becomes resistant to insulin, you get those two illnesses or become obese. Rises in body temperature can also be aided by raspberry ketones because they can help to regulate the hormone norepinephrine.
Actually, raspberry ketones have been making rounds in the health supplement market since the 1960s.
As a matter of fact, the only new thing about raspberry ketones is media hype – as manufacturers scramble to earn more money using an old product that was packaged in a new way.
Studies On Raspberry Ketones
There were to small studies done on the effect of raspberry ketones on rats. The first study dealt with the accumulation of fats in male mice.
The second one observed the effect of raspberry ketones on rats that were given a diet high in fats. There have been no human studies done on the effects of raspberry ketones at all.
However, there is indeed anecdotal evidence that it is effective in some people in terms of weight loss.
Anecdotal evidence cannot be considered evidence because they tend to be subjective. This means it can be affected by many things like expectations, bias in confirming results and of course, the media hype.
It can be rendered invalid because of this. It can be a good platform for creating a hypothesis which can be tested, but objective scientific tests are necessary in order for us to know if raspberry ketones indeed affect weight loss in humans.
Raspberry ketones are given GRAS (generally recognized as safe) ratings by the FDA, but it has not been tested by the said administration and neither do they support any of the weight loss claims.
Don’t get taken in by the media hype on this old product, men. While it may have benefits and good effects on others, it may not have any effect whatsoever on you.