Been there, done that. I blogged before it was popular and now I'm not interested in being lumped with all the other bloggers, some who aren't evidence based. This blog is geared toward providers and colleagues. It's to provoke thought, discuss value, and create ideas. I hope you enjoy!
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Miraculous Misconceptions: Raspberry Ketones
The interwebs are abuzz about the supposedly “miraculous” Raspberry
Raspberry Ketone popularity started with Dr. Oz's show in February
2012, when he nicknamed it a “miracle weight loss drug.” Some even credit
Raspberry Ketones with stimulating hair growth, but for our purposes here,
let’s talk about weight loss.
Raspberry Ketones are derived from red raspberries.
Proponents claim that the supplement will stimulate your metabolism causing
weight loss. However, there are no reliable studies to prove this.Specifically there is no scientific evidence
to show how it alters metabolism to promote weight loss. There is also no
scientific evidence to determine a proper dosage. If you find a study that
claims otherwise, check the funding source. Most likely, that study was funded
by a company who produces or funds raspberry ketone products.
As far as I know, no major pharmaceutical companies are
investing in Raspberry Ketone research. And it is my opinion that they would be
ALL OVER any miraculous weight loss supplements.Developing and refining them into
prescription strength drugs could make billions.
Raspberry Ketones help you lose weight? It is very, very unlikely.(I won’t say NO only because the
research is so sparse, it is inappropriate to speak in absolutes.)However, I can
say that I would be absolutely shocked
if you did lose weight without also making positive changes to your diet and
exercise regimen. The good news is that if you can make those positive changes,
you don’t need to waste your money on unproven supplements!
Raspberry Ketones a danger to your health? Possibly.They have not been studied enough to be certain. Potential side
effects include an increase in blood pressure and heart palpitations. These
side effects are a red flag for many people, especially those with
cardiovascular concerns. Definitely talk
to your doctor before taking Raspberry Ketones, and make sure to tell him or
her of any other supplements and medications you are taking.
Oz says X, Y, and Z… Dr. Oz is a medical doctor, so I’m sure he is
knowledgeable in many areas. Always keep
in mind that the primary purpose of television is to entertain. Dr. Oz is a
television host. In this role he is more of an entertainer and I’m sure that even
he would agree with this view. After all, the bottom of every page of his
website states: “THIS WEBSITE IS FOR INFORMATIONAL AND ENTERTAINMENT
PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE, DIAGNOSIS, OR
Ketones are guaranteed to do one thing. Make your wallet lighter.
Raspberry Ketones look like another weight-loss short-cut fad, bound to
disappoint anyone looking for a magic bullet. But don’t be too disappointed.
You can lose weight. It will take
more time and effort than taking your daily Raspberry Ketone pill, but you can
still do it!
dietitian is a great resource when you are trying to eat for optimal nutrition,
weight loss or gain, or peak athletic performance and endurance. Call Kindred Nutrition today. We are happy to help you create an eating plan that uses
research-based diets and strategies to obtain great results.
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