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Raspberry Ketones? - Oh, oh, Dr. Oz Was at it Again!

Synthetic raspberry ketones can take the place of natural ones.

I am constantly amazed at the power that TV personalities have on the general public. Whether its a fabulously wealthy political TV pundit trying to convince middle class Americans to blame the poor for our collective financial woes, or Oprah making an unknown author rich by mentioning his or her book, the power of the media is phenomenal. This week's breakout success story belongs to a shrubbery, and I'm not talking about the shrubbery that the Knights of Nee wanted... 

In plants, raspberry ketone is synthesized from coumaroyl-CoA. Extraction of pure raspberry ketone is usually 1-4 mg per kg of raspberries, therefore eating raspberries or raspberry seed, leaf or fruit extracts will not yield enough of the metabolic boosting properties. The natural abundance of raspberry ketone is very low, which makes it difficult to obtain a high ketone yield in a fruit, seed, or leaf extract. The preferred form is a synthetically produced raspberry ketone powder. This is prepared synthetically by a variety of methods from various intermediates.

A raspberry extract from the seed, leaf or fruit makes a very good anti-oxidant, but lacks the metabolism boosting properties of a pure white raspberry ketone powder. To put into perspective, to obtain 250mg of pure raspberry ketone, one would be required to consume between 60-500lbs of raspberries (ketone content is dependant on harvesting times). To obtain 250mg raspberry ketone from a simple raspberry ellagic standardized extract one would have to consume 100-300 capsules of even the highest quality ellagic extract. Raspberry products that state an ellagic content are extracts and are anti-oxidants, which yield minimal metabolic boosting properties. We’ve seen these extracts being called raspberry ketone on the market and this method of marketing is not accurate. To determine if you have pure raspberry ketone versus an extract, an extract will be a darker reddish and sometimes brown powder, the purer the material the more white it will be. The purest form will be white to slightly off-white in the form of crystal needles. When given to mice in high doses (up to 2% of food intake), raspberry ketone has been shown to prevent high-fat-diet-induced elevations in body weight. This effect is reported to stem from the alteration of lipid metabolism, increasing norepinephrine-induced lipolysis (fat loss). Although products containing this compound are marketed for weight loss, this effect has not been studied in humans.

In conclusion, raspberry ketones trigger a reaction throughout the body. Once ingested by the body, raspberry ketones trigger a norepinephrine release. This causes the release of glucose from energy stores and increases the breakdown of triglycerides into free fatty acids. Once this has been completed lipase takes over and breaks down the fats allowing them to be digested by the intestines. With this taking place your body will need to release more free fatty acids for energy since what was stored is now being burned.

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Carmen Santiago February 10, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Eric has been in the Nutrional business for over 30 years and he knows of what he speaks. Throughout the years he has helped many people get better and start on a healthy path. I am very proud of him. Carmen Santiago
Eric Robert Santiago February 14, 2012 at 01:03 PM
Thanks Mom...but I think this comment box is meant for people that aren't so biased! :-)
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