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Slim Supply Of Weight-Loss Supplement

February 13, 2012, 6:19 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Slim Supply Of Weight-Loss Supplement
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A weight-loss supplement is in slim supply after Doctor Oz sang its praises last week. But do raspberry ketones really work and what exactly are they?

The phone has been ringing off the hook at Wayne and Mary's Nutrition Center in Sioux Falls ever since Doctor Oz introduced raspberry ketones as the number one miracle in a bottle to burn fat. The supplement is the primary aroma compound of red raspberries.

"Doctor Oz is on at 4:00 on Mondays. At about 4:25, we had about 15 calls asking for this particular product," Wayne and Mary's Nutrition Center General Manager Tara Whiting said.

In fact, the store sold out of the supplement immediately. It has two shipments coming in this week, but all 200 bottles are already spoken for.

"We have upwards of a few hundred special orders right now. Those are just the people who left their name and number and wanted to reserve a bottle," Whiting said.

A month's supply of the supplement costs $20 at the store, but it can cost $50. So is it worth the money?

"There's not a lot of evidence to back them up, and if I was going to spend the money, I think I would want to know that they're going to be effective," Sanford Registered Dietitian Teresa Beach said.

In fact, only two small studies done on mice have shown the supplement helps prevent weight gain. Researchers have not completed any studies on people.

"Try diet and exercise first. See how that works and add the supplement later if they feel like they need more," Beach said.

Beach also encourages you to research a supplement before taking it, even if a celebrity doctor endorses it.

"Because some of them might have caffeine or stimulants or other things that could have underlying problems, and then you always want to check with your pharmacist or physician if you're taking any prescription medications because sometimes supplements may affect those," Beach said.

But whether or not raspberry ketones help you lose weight, they are gaining a lot of attention.

"It's basically, they walk in the door and they start talking about Dr. Oz, and we say, 'You're looking for raspberry ketones, right?'" Whiting said.

Beach says raspberry ketones appear not to have any negative side effects, but more research needs to be done.

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