Cayenne for Weight Control
Also indexed as:Capsicum annuum var. annuum, tabasco pepper, cayenne pepper, red pepper
© Steven Foster
Why Do Dieters Use It?*
Some dieters say that cayenne helps decrease appetite.
What Do the Advocates Say?*
Research suggests that cayenne increases the body’s heat production (thermogenesis) and speeds up the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates. Also in these studies, cayenne increased production of epinephrine and norepinephrine—a sign of increased activity of the sympathetic nervous system, which could account for the reduction in appetite. The studies thus far are few and relatively small (less than 20 participants).
*Dieters and weight-management advocates may claim benefits for this supplement based on their personal or professional experience. These are individual opinions and testimonials that may or may not be supported by controlled clinical studies or published scientific articles.
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