There has been a lot of talk about raspberry ketones this year thanks to a mention on the Dr. Oz show. With a discussion of the benefits of these ketones, the stores couldn’t keep them in stock. Things have settled down a little since then, but they are still extremely popular. Raspberries, like all fruit, are good for you as part of a healthy diet. Raspberries have a special benefit that not many fruits provide. That is, raspberries can provide ketones to our bodies.
The problem is raspberries contain such small quantities of ketones that you could eat until you’re full and only receive a tiny benefit of the ketones from raspberries. That’s why supplements are beneficial; they contain a concentrated form of ketones extracted from raspberries.
Ketone enzymes occur naturally in our bodies. Ketones (ketone bodies) are the result of our bodies metabolizing fatty acids. If we do not consume enough carbohydrates to provide our bodies with the sugar energy (glucose) it needs, it breaks down fat for energy and ketones result from this process. Our bodies will then use ketones instead of glucose for the energy it needs.
What is ketosis?
When our bodies are in ketosis (elevated ketone levels), we feel less hungry and eat less than we would if not in ketosis. While in ketosis, our bodies are burning fat as the main source of energy. Our brains use glucose for the energy it needs. But when glucose is not available our brains switch to running on ketones since they can’t burn fat for energy.
Raspberry ketones and weight loss
Raspberry ketones are a compound found in, and derived from, raspberries. They are what give raspberries their unique aroma. They are a natural dietary supplement that boosts our body’s ability to burn fat and lose weight, naturally. Raspberry ketones help our bodies produce and release adiponectin. Adiponectin is secreted from fat tissues and from our liver and is a protein that helps regulate our metabolism. Higher levels of adiponectin are associated with lower levels of body fat.
They are an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help protect against cell damage (oxidation) and help fight off diseases.
When taken as part of a healthy diet and exercise, you can expect good results from taking raspberry ketones. This would be the most beneficial way to go about making a healthy change in your weight. You can rely solely on the ketones, but you will have longer lasting and better results if combined with a healthy diet and exercise plan.
Some of the benefits of raspberry ketones:
- They help our bodies produce adiponectin
- They are an antioxidant
- They are all natural (the raspberry ketones)
- Assist with the elimination of fat
- They boost metabolism
So far to date, there have not been any studies done on the effects of raspberry ketones on humans. Japanese scientists did a research study on mice and found raspberry ketones to significantly increase the burning of stored fat and inhibit fat from being stored.