Potential metabolic activities of raspberry ketone

J Food Biochem. 2022 Jan;46(1):e14018. doi: 10.1111/jfbc.14018. Epub 2021 Dec 16.


Novel food and food compounds interventions have attracted a lot of attention nowadays for the prevention and treatment of metabolic diseases. Raspberry ketone (RK) is aromatic compound found within red fruits and berries, has been used as an over-the-counter product for weight loss. However, actually, the effect of RK on weight loss is still controversial, and the mechanism is largely unknown. Besides, in vivo and in vitro studies have demonstrated the beneficial effect of RK on the development of other metabolic diseases. In this review, we comprehensively highlighted the synthesis, bioavailability, and metabolism of RK, and summarized the progress made in our understanding of the potential biological activities of RK, including antiobesity, antidiabetes, cardioprotection, and hepatoprotection, as well as their underlying mechanisms. This paper provides a critical overview about the current findings and proposes the future studies in the area of RK on human health. PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS: Raspberry ketone (RK) has been used for weight control for years, but this effect is controversial considering food intake. Additionally, RK is beneficial for T2DM, liver and heart injury. The underlying mechanisms of the protective effect of RK including accelerating fatty acid oxidation, balancing serum glucose level, anti-inflammation, antioxidant process, and so on. In this context, we provide a comprehensive analysis of the benefits of RK against many metabolic diseases and discuss the underlying molecular mechanisms. We hope our work will be helpful for further researches on RK and improve its public recognition.

Keywords: bioavailability; biological activities; metabolites; raspberry ketone.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Butanones* / metabolism
  • Butanones* / pharmacology
  • Fruit / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Lipid Metabolism*
  • Liver / metabolism


  • Butanones
  • raspberry ketone