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Chili Powder Extract

One of the most common ingredients that is popping up in non-stimulant fat burners is capsicum, also referred to as chili pepper extract.  Chili pepper has gotten a lot of attention in the past several decades for its numerous benefits including improving heart health, boosting immunity, and treating arthritis.  Now, studies support that chili pepper can help you maintain or lose weight by boosting your metabolism – all without the adverse effects associated with stimulant weight loss pills (stimulant weight loss pills: are they really…).

What is Capsicum?

Capsicum is a group of peppers which are indigenous to Latin and South America.  They are known by many names, particularly cayenne, chili peppers, and red peppers.  There are many nutritional benefits to capsicum peppers.  The component which is used for weight loss is capsaicin – the natural chemical in the peppers which make them so spicy hot.  The richest concentrations of capsaicin are located in the white pith near the seeds whereas the fleshy fruit has the lowest concentration.

Capsicum peppers have been consumed for thousands of years in the Americas and are now culinary staples worldwide. In Native American medicine, capsicum peppers where used for treating various ailments and also as a stimulant.  Today’s medicine has adopted many of these medical uses of capsicum.  Capsaicin extracts from capsicum peppers are used topically for alleviating pains from injury or arthritis as well as dermatological problems. Researchers are exploring the potential uses of capsaicin for a variety of conditions including diabetes, obesity, and cancer.

How Chili Pepper Supplements Help Weight Loss

The capsaicin in chili peppers is a natural thermogenic weight loss supplement(thermogenic supplements: the hottest new weight loss pills). Thermogenic supplements work by increasing your body’s temperature.  Because your body has to use energy to sustain body temperature, thermogenics cause an increase in metabolic rate.  Thermogenic supplements also have the added benefit of acting as natural appetite suppressants, though this effect is not as significant for promoting weight loss.

To date, there have been numerous studies which support chili pepper as a way to increase metabolic rate and promote weight loss, but nearly all of these are in animals. There are few, if any studies to support the claims for weight loss in humans. Therefore, dieters should be wary before they trust the claims made from capsaicin supplements.  While it is possible that capsaicin may help you burn more calories without exercising, the benefits hardly live up to the promises of many supplements. For example, one popular capsaicin supplement promises it can help you burn 278 more calories daily but is illusive about backing this up with factual information – like how much you would have to work out to get those benefits. Further, many capsaicin supplements also contain other ingredients like caffeine which can promote weight loss in other ways that may be dangerous to your health.

Aside from directly increasing metabolic rate, capsaicin theoretically may also help weight loss in other ways.  It increases the body sensitivity to insulin and helps balance blood sugar levels.  Balanced blood sugar can help stabilize energy levels, make you feel full longer after eating, and prevent carbohydrates from being stored as fat.

Are Chili Pepper Supplements Worth It?

The clinical evidence supporting chili pepper scant, but is growing.  While chili pepper supplements may not live up to their hyped promises, they still can help you get an edge when it comes to weight loss while also providing other health benefits – like a healthier heart and immune system.  There are some side effects associated with the effective chili pepper weight loss supplement though, like diarrhea, perspiration or sweating.  These side effects, if present, should only be mild though and may go away as your body adjusts to the supplement.

As with all weight loss supplements, use caution when making your purchase.  It is common for chili pepper supplements to contain other ingredients which may not be ideal for your long-term weight loss goals.

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