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Raspberry Ketones have been one of the more exciting new ingredients in the last few years. There is a mounting pile of evidence showing these this fruit-derived compounds may prevent the accumulation of fat in the body and also speed up fat metabolism, but the exact mechanism remains unknown. Nonetheless, the results speak for themselves, and Raspberry Ketones are turning up as featured ingredients in a number of popular fat metabolisers.

A Japanese group has recently made some intriguing findings about how Raspberry Ketones work, which has shown that they have a role in strengthening bones as well as fighting fat.

The team looked at a type of stem cell in adult bone marrow which is known to develop either into a bone cell or a fat cell and treated them with Raspberry Ketones. The scientists found that the ketone-exposed cells developed into bone cells at a much higher rate than untreated cells, and that these bone cells produced more bone-building materials like collagen in the presence of ketones.

Bones are the foundation of strength and bone health is an important concern for bodybuilders. Manufacturers are starting to pick up on this, as evidenced by the development of new products like Gaspari's Bone Fuel, rumoured to make an appearance in early 2014.

When the researchers exposed fat cells to Raspberry Ketones, they didn't see any effects on cell division, like they were expecting. The group concluded that the effect that Raspberry Ketones has on bone formation is a different mechanism to the anti-obesity effect that has been shown in previous experiments.

We still don't know what makes Raspberry Ketones are effective at metabolising fat, but thanks to this research, a new potential benefit of this popular ingredient has been discovered.

Takata T, Morimoto C. Raspberry Ketone Promotes the Differentiation of C3H10T1/2 Stem Cells into
Osteoblasts. J Med Food. 2014 Jan 9.

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