As the name suggests, a raspberry ketone originates from raspberries. It is a chemical compound that is usually extracted from raspberries. It has gained popularity because it has been largely believed to promote weight loss and increased metabolism. This popularity has led to the development of raspberry ketone supplements that many weight loss enthusiasts have sworn by.
How does Raspberry Ketone work?
Research shows that raspberry ketone molecules are very similar to capsaicin molecules which are found in pepper, and synephrine. These molecules are well known as metabolism enhancers that encourage the quick burning of fat therefore loss of body weight.
They also encourage fat cells to produce adiponectin, which is a hormone that is thought to play a role in regulating blood sugar levels in the body and also the regulating metabolism. Extracting raspberry ketones is very expensive, and so many manufacturers have taken to chemically manufacturing it, therefore most raspberry ketone supplements are not all natural at all.
Do Raspberry Ketones really work?
The debate continues as to whether raspberry ketones actually work or not. The truth of the matter is that there are no studies that actually prove the effectiveness of raspberry ketones in weight loss. Some professionals believe that they have some effect in combination with other ingredients, while others doubt it completely.
It would be a personal choice to decide to take it, since the FDA voted it harmless with no side effects. Hopefully there will be more supporting evidence of its effectiveness in the future
As of late, everyone is raving about the African Mango and its amazing weight loss abilities. It is praised for its ability to help reduce body weight, fat, cholesterol and leptin levels (leptin is a protein that is believed to regulate fat storage in the body).
But does the weight loss supplement, made from extracts of the seeds of the African mango (scientific name Irvingia Gabonesis) live up to the hype? According to a study published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease, it does just that.
Julius Oben, PhD., one of the instrumental scientists in the study states “African mango was a staple for many tribes in Cameroon and Nigeria, and one characteristic of these tribes is their slim build, as well as low incidence of cardiovascular disease.” According to the study, overweight and/or obese subjects took 150mg of African mango seed extract twice day over a period of ten weeks.
The subjects showed significant improvements in body weight, body fat percentage, waist circumference and a myriad of numbers that indicate improved heart health such as: plasma total cholesterol, blood glucose, LDL cholesterol, C-reactive protein,adiponectin and leptin levels; all this without any changes to their exercise or diet regimen.
Other studies have shown similar results with the test subjects showing a loss of 8-10 pounds of body weight without making any significant lifestyle changes. None of the studies indicated any adverse side effects from taking the supplement, with the exception that some subjects claimed an increased libido.
Well, if African mango helps us lose weight and gives us a boost in our sex drive, sign us up!