Research undertaken at the University of Wyoming have discovered that the active component of chilli peppers (capsaicin) could help to burn fat.
The research has shown that capsaicin helps to cause thermogenesis to occur, which is a process whereby your internal temperature increases.
When this occurs you will be forced to burn more calories than normal.
Vivek Krishnan, one of the researchers who worked on the study had this to say:
“Our group’s laboratory data revealed that dietary capsaicin suppresses high-fat-diet-induced obesity.”
“In our bodies, white fat cells store energy and brown fat cells serve as thermogenic (heat produced by burning fat) machinery to burn stored fat. Eating calorie-rich food and a lack of physical activity cause an imbalance in metabolism that leads to obesity.”
The trials on mice showed that for the capsaicin to be effective you would only need to consume 0.01% capsaicin to prevent the weight gain associated with high-fat diets.
What is the next step?
It seems like the same researchers are working to develop a natural dietary supplement to combat obesity, with possible human trials planned for the future.
“We envision a nanoparticle-based sustained-release formulation of capsaicin, which is currently under development in our laboratory.”
“In turn, this will advance a novel dietary supplement-based approach to prevent and treat one of the life-threatening diseases, obesity and its associated complications — in humans.”
Is there a way to get capsaicin into your diet now?
The problem with chilli peppers is that they are spicy, which means you wont be able to eat them without causing irritation in your throat and mouth.
Even if this was not an issue the amount of capsaicin consumed by eating chilli peppers is negligible. Is there a better way to get capsaicin into your diet?
Well, yes actually in the form of Capsiplex, which is a dietary supplement that is already available to buy.
This supplement has received a lot of positive media attention in the past, with various celebrity endorsements on the way (Nicola McLean and Roxanne Pallett for example).
Capsiplex is made from proven ingredients, such as capsaicin and has been shown to help burn as many as 278 extra calories daily, which is the equivalent of a 25 minute jog.