Obesity

Losing Weight on Capsacin

If you like to smother your steak with hot sauce then read on. You may be complementing your weight loss efforts with Capsaicin, which is the active ingredient in red hot peppers. It is present in large quantities in the fleshy part of fruits, which belong to the capsicum family. Thai peppers, bell peppers, poblanos, cayenne, habaneros, jalapenos etc would be some of the significant members of this family. The active ingredient in peppers discussed in this article are known for being an analgesic and circulatory stimulant.

Several studies have been conducted and have laid down the fact that including red hot peppers in a diet could initiate quick weight loss.

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How capsaicin in peppers aids weight loss?

  • It is a theromogenic, which can build up heat in the body and spike up the metabolic rate. It is thought that it can increase the metabolic rate by 25%.
  • It helps in breaking down carbohydrates and controls blood sugar levels.
  • It increases blood flow to the intestines and increases peristalsis (muscular contraction of the intestinal walls). As a result, it promotes digestion.
  • It blocks sensory information from the stomach to the brain. In fact, it blocks hunger signals from reaching the brain. Hence, it suppresses hunger and reduces appetit
  • It helps in flushing out toxins from the body and is often a part of detox diet plans.
  • It strengthens the circulatory functions of the body and improves the functioning of the various organs with increased blood flow.

 

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Other Benefits of the component

Apart from weight loss, it is actively used in pain management. In topical ointments and patches, it is used to treat the itching and inflammation associated with skin conditions like psoriasis and shingles. It has a numbing effect on the nerve endings. It has been widely used to treat minor pains and aches associated with muscles.

Adverse Effects of Capsaicin

If not taken in recommended dosage it can initiate a burning sensation in the stomach and anal cavity. It could also cause diarrhea and heart burn. When using topical ointments that contain Capsaicin, it could cause skin irritation and pain.

References

Westerterp-Plantenga M, Diepvens K, Joosen AM, Bérubé-Parent S, Tremblay A. “Metabolic effects of spices, teas, and caffeine.” Physiol Behav. 2006 Aug 30;89(1):85-91.

Reinbach HC, Smeets A, Martinussen T, Møller P, Westerterp-Plantenga MS. “Effects of capsaicin, green tea and CH-19 sweet pepper on appetite and energy intake in humans in negative and positive energy balance.” Clin Nutr. 2009 Jun;28(3):260-5.

L.A. Times blog; Spicy peppers may hold a key to weight loss, scientists sayhttp://latimesblogs.latimes.com/booster_shots/2010/04/capsaicin-hot-peppers-weight-loss.html

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