Cayenne for Weight Loss

Cayenne for Weight Loss Study 1

Capsaicin found in cayenne and other hot peppers inhibits the formation of fat or fatty tissue by activating AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK). AMPK is an enzyme that plays a role in eating behavior and energy expenditure.

Cayenne for Weight Loss Study 2

Studies have also demonstrated that the addition of red pepper (capsaicin) to a meal acts as an appetite suppressant by significantly decreasing the desire to eat. Study outcomes show that the consumption of red pepper reduces appetite and subsequent protein and fat consumption.

Cayenne for Weight Loss Study 3

One study found that addition of red pepper to meals significantly increases diet-induced thermogenesis (fat burning). A study published in the European Journal of clinical Nutrition found that a tolerable dose of hot pepper only increased metabolism by 21 calories. Although the fat burning effect of cayenne or other hot peppers is small, this boost to your metabolism can be beneficial when combined with other nutrient dense weight loss foods.

Cayenne pepper is a superb source of vitamin A. It’s also a great source of vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese as well as dietary fiber.

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