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Chili pepper can burn fat, prevent weight gain: study

chili-peppers-940x626Junk food lover? Then add as much as pepper as possible and chilli pepper in daily eatables to prevent weight gain, if not weight loss overnight, according to a new study involving an Indian-origin researcher.

The chief ingredient in chilli peppers, capsaicin, stimulates energy burning, hence developing a dietary supplement could be developed to do away with controls on calorie intake, the findings suggest.

“Our group’s laboratory data revealed that dietary capsaicin suppresses high-fat-diet-induced obesity,” explained Vivek Krishnan, a researcher from the University of Wyoming in the US.

“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,” Krishnan said.

The researchers said they found 0.01 percent of capsaicin in the total high fat diet could prevent high-fat-diet-induced weight gain in their trials on wild type mice.

It means, dietary capsaicin may induce browning of white adipose tissue and stimulates thermogenesis to counteract elements of obesity, the researchers said.

In the next stage, developing a natural dietary supplement can be taken up to strategically combat obesity in trials on humans, they said.

“We envision a nanoparticle-based sustained-release formulation of capsaicin, which is currently under development in our laboratory,” the researchers noted.

“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,” they said.

The findings have been presented at Biophysical Society’s 59th annual meeting held in Baltimore, Maryland.



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