Could a common household ingredient help you to cut fat production? And lose weight?
Professor Jong Won Yun believes it can. He directs research at South Korea’s prestigious Daegu University. And he’s spent the last 20 years specializing in obesity research.
He’s just published the results of his latest study. His results show that this all-natural ingredient combats obesity… and explains – for the first time – the mechanics behind it.
Prof. Yun and his team fed two groups of lab rats high-fat diets. There was only one dietary difference between the groups. One also consumed this simple spice.
The rats who took the spice ate exactly the same amount of food. But they lost almost 10 percent more body fat.
If those results hold true for humans… that would equal 20 pounds for a 200 pound man. Significant weight loss that could be achieved without diet or exercise, just by adding a natural ingredient to your meals.
“Our findings open new insights into treatments [for obesity],” says Prof. Yun.
But he didn’t just set out to prove that this spice works. He also wanted to show how it works.
His team reviewed blood tests that show the ingredient acts as catalyst… spurring changes in at least 20 proteins found in fat cells. These activated proteins literally “shrink” fat cells.
Spicing Up Weight Loss
So what’s the name of this spice? It’s the active ingredient in chili peppers… and it’s called capsaicin. And Prof. Yun’s findings are heating up the Western medical community.
Harvard graduate Dr. Andrew Weil has reviewed Prof. Yun’s findings. He says they are an evolutionary step forward in the fight against obesity.
“This study indicates that capsaicin enhances the metabolism of fat,” says Dr. Weil.
Dr. Weil has spent the last 40 years leading medical institutions in the U.S. He’s directed studies for the National Institute of Mental Health. Served on faculty at Harvard. And is currently the Program Director for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine.
He says this new research proves that capsaicin is vital to weight loss. And provides the first breakthrough in understanding why it’s so effective.
More Support for the Spice
Yun’s findings show that capsaicin causes changes in the proteins in fat. Those changes force fat cells to shrink.
Another study shows that when you eat capsaicin, you block fat cells from actually forming.
Doctors Gow-Chin Yen and Chin-Lin Hsu headed up this study for the National Chung Hsing University in Taiwan.
They found that when capsaicin is introduced into fatty tissue, fat cells are killed off.
Their research shows that the spice attacks fat cells… causing the mitochondria walls to break down… and the cells to die.
Their findings were published in the ACS Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. They also showed that capsaicin inhibits the formation and storage of fatty tissue.
Other studies show that capsaicin has a second fat-fighting benefit. It curbs appetite.
Capsaicin Also Banishes Hunger
The International Journal of Obesity published a study showing that capsaicin also cuts appetite.
The study was conducted at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. It specifically set out to prove that capsaicin curbs hunger.
Researchers conducted two linked studies. The first tested the spice in beverage form on 12 men and 12 women. One half of the group received 0.9 grams of red pepper in tomato juice. The other half received plain tomato juice. There were no other changes in lifestyle or diet. The researchers found that the people drinking the peppered juice consistently consumed fewer calories than the ones taking the placebo.
They repeated the same test in a capsule form. Once again, the group was split into those receiving capsaicin capsules and those receiving a placebo.
Again they found a “statistically significant” decrease in appetite for those taking the capsaicin capsules.
Even more studies support these findings: that capsaicin reduces fat production and cuts hunger.
The good news is that capsaicin is easy to add to your diet. Just add chili powder to your dinner… Or crushed red peppers to your lunch.
Yvonne Nienstadt – nutrition director at the Rancho La Puerta Fitness Resort and Spa in Tecate, Mexico – says that adding a chopped chili or jalapeno pepper to your lunch or dinner will help you burn up to 75 calories per meal.
If you don’t like spicy food you can simply get it in capsule or pill form.
You might also be interested to learn about recent research from Harvard Medical School and other institutions. Researchers have discovered a malfunction that turns food into fat rather than burning it for energy. Once you know how to spot this malfunction… And how to use your body’s own chemistry to defeat it… you can conquer your weight without pills… without side effects… without starving yourself… while eating delicious foods… even if you exercise less than an hour a week…
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To your best health,
Managing Editor, NHD “Health Watch”