What Are Raspberry Ketone And Its Health Benefits?

Know why more people get into the fad

Raspberry ketone is an enzyme derived from the red raspberry that is native to Europe, Northern Africa and Central Asia.

Its strong aroma makes it a popular food additive for flavoring as well as provides a berry scent to candles and soaps.

A few years ago, this phenolic compound was found to contain nutrients like Vitamins A, E and C and beta-carotene.

Since then, its health benefits have been recognized.

Some of them are:

1. Delays the skin’s aging

  • It was found to increase skin elasticity by activating sensory neurons.

2. Enables hair growth

  • Raspberry ketone increases the production of dermal IGF-I which is responsible for hair growth.
  • In fact, a study showed that an increase in dermal levels was noted 30 minutes after the compound is applied.

3. Protects the body from cell damage

  • Raspberries have high levels of antioxidants, so they can protect your body from diseases and cell damage

Lowers blood sugar levels4. Lowers blood sugar levels

  • An increase in the secretion of a hormone called adiponectin lowers the body’s sugar levels.
  • Low adiponectin is noted among people who have Type 2 Diabetes.
  • However, if you are taking drugs for diabetes, supplement use should be monitored by your physician.

5. Weight loss

  • In 2005, Japanese researchers reported in the Life Science Journal that their study showed mice fed with diet rich in fat and raspberry ketone did not gain weight. No changes were noted in their visceral fat (fat that surrounds their organs), as well.
  • In another study, raspberry ketone was found to have increased the adiponectin secretion of the mice’s fat cells.
  • Those who are obese were found to have low levels of adiponectin protein.

6. Prevents fatty liver and liver cancer

  • Raspberry ketone prevents fat gain in the liver. A fatty liver increases your risk for liver cancer.


For this reason, several supplements carrying raspberry ketone were created.

Users of quality raspberry ketone supplements, especially those who want to lose weight, hailed them for their quick effect.

The dosage is two tablets a day with water before breakfast and dinner. The recommended daily intake is 1,000 mg.

After two weeks, some users reported that their waist lines trimmed down by 3 to 5 inches.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, physician of television host Oprah Winfrey said that quality raspberry ketone products have no side effects.

He said this amid claims that some products cause headaches, heart palpitations and slight shaking.

Meanwhile, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers it as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS).


Now that you know the benefits of using raspberry ketone, be guided with the following:

  1. Make sure that what you are buying is not the synthetic form and its other ingredients are also all-natural
  2. Research on the product’s value. The authentic ones are expensive but worth it
  3. Must be manufactured in a laboratory that was approved by the FDA.