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Are Raspberry Ketones Safe? Effective?
Created on 12/4/2012

E sent in a great question about raspberry ketones, a product that has rocketed into the limelight over the past few  months. It is promoted as a weight loss product - therein lies just one of the problems.

Don't look to pills to help in any significant way with weight loss.

A healthy diet, regular exercise, appropriate stress management and at least 7 hours of sleep each night represents the foundation of a healthy lifestyle program that can also support optimum body weight.

We're all looking for that "magic pill" that can help with weight loss, but it has yet to be identified, marketing hype aside.

On the upside, raspberry ketones do have a small amount of data behind them suggesting that they might help in some small way with weight loss - in animals.

On the downside, people taking anti-diabetes medication need to be careful because raspberry ketones might lower blood sugar levels, and anyone taking the blood thinning medication Coumadin (warfarin) also needs to be careful as a result of possible interaction with raspberry ketones. There are also precautions for people receiving androgen therapy (typically in association with treatmnet of certain forms of cancer) and those with heart probems (palpitations have also been reported).

At this stage of the game raspberry ketones may be generally safe in most circumstances, but so little is known about them that I do not recommend their use.

Instead I recommend focusing on the tried and true for weight management - a healthy diet and lifestyle. Not too sexy, but very effective.

Thanks for a great question, E. Be well.
Dr. Russ
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