As science has progressed, perhaps one lesson from the advanced technology has been learned above any others: Mother Nature herself is the provider of some pretty powerful medicines and treatments. Sometimes science just needs to help Mother Nature along a little bit. There is perhaps no better example of this than raspberry ketone.
This naturally occurring chemical is found, despite the name, not only in raspberries. It can also be found in cranberries and blackberries, as well as many other fruits. No matter what, it is found in extremely limited quantities naturally. As a brief example, it is estimated that to get the equivalent of a standard dose of this supplement from the actually consumption of raspberries, a total of 90 pounds would have to be eaten. However, science has assisted the quest in noble fashion. Not only have they found a way to extract more of the natural chemical from the raspberries but can, in fact, synthetically create the substance.
Traditionally, raspberry ketone was not thought of as a health supplement. On the contrary, it was often used in the industries of perfume making. The chemical is actually the leading natural aromatic in raspberries so using it to add a fruity smell to fragrances was an easy logical step. It was also used as a flavor enhancer in food. In fact, before science figured out how to synthetically create it, it was one of the most expensive food additives in the world, when considered per volume. At its most expensive, the chemical could cost as much as $20,000 for a single kilogram. The synthetic version now costs only a couple dollars per pound, affordable for the masses.
As the affordability of raspberry ketone increased, so did the interest in the potential health benefits of the substance. In 1965, the United States Food and Drug Administration decided the substance was safe and it has been sold as a nutritional supplement since. Now, it has almost attained a status as a superfood. Particularly useful in the crusade to fight fat, the use of the supplement is widespread and considered quite effective. While the primary use is for fat burning, there are other benefits to the use of the supplement. The naturally occurring chemical is also known to have cosmetic benefits. It has been linked to the reduction of the signs of aging of the skin and even has benefits at a cellular level. When Mother Nature and Science meet, wonders certainly do happen.