Chili pepper compound can help lose weight by burning your calories, according to a new study. Researchers focused on the active compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn to develop an anti-obesity drug. They performed their experiments on mice that gave the successful result.
Capsaicin, the compound has pain-reducing properties and communicates with our nervous system’s outer part. The qualities of this molecule led researchers to see its effect as a novel drug on conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and various neuropathies.
Some innovative studies have even suggested that this compound can prevent the spread of breast cancer cells.
In a new study, metabocin, a drug that releases capsaicin slowly throughout the day was designed by a group of researchers led by Dr. Baskaran Thyagarajan, from the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy in Laramie. The team analyzed the effect of metabocin in mice.
They presented their findings at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior, conducted in Bonita Springs, FL.
The team administered metabocin orally to wild-type mice. After an analysis, Dr. Thyagarajan said, “We observed, marked improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, insulin response, and symptoms of fatty liver disease.”
In fact, they administered the drug for 8 months to mice and during that time the team noticed maintained level of weight loss.
“It proved safe and was well tolerated by the mice. Developing metabocin as a potent anti-obesity treatment shows promise as part of a robust strategy for helping people struggling with obesity,” concluded.
The study was also published in the Biophysical Journal.