Capsaicin Found In Hot Peppers May Reduce Obesity
Chili peppers contain a compound called Capsaicin, which gives it the spiciness. Now, the same capsicin could also provide a new way to battle obesity, according to researchers.
A new study conducted by a team of researchers led by Dr. Baskaran Thyagarajan, from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in Laramie, has added to the long list of benefits of capsaicin. The compound is already known to contain pain-reducing properties and said to successfully stop breast cancer cells from multiplying. Now, capsaicin could also potentially reduce obesity.
Battling Obesity with Capsaicin
According to the study released and presented during the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive behavior held in Florida, the team of researchers developed a drug called metabocin that releases capsaicin gradually over the course of 24 hours. The drug was tested and successfully combated obesity in mice that had been fed a high-fat diet. The researchers also monitored the blood plasma levels and blood pressure of the mice.
The drug was tested over the course of 8 months and proved to help the mice maintain weight loss with no additional side effects present. “We observed marked improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, insulin response, and symptoms of fatty liver disease,” said Dr. Thyagarajan to MedicalNewsToday. Future trials and study are necessary to fully understand the effects of capsaicin on weight loss, but this study provides a breakthrough in finding alternate ways to battle obesity. “Developing metabocin as a potent anti-obesity treatment shows promise as part of a robust strategy for helping people struggling with obesity,” said Dr. Thyagrajan.
Although the benefits of the drug are evident in mice, researchers warn that people who are battling obesity should not start including a high number of chili peppers as part of their diet. They noted that the capsaicin as found in chili peppers is not as easily absorbed by the stomach and will not have the same effects as the drug and can lead to severe health problems.