There has been a lot of buzz in the recent past about the “wonders” of capsaicin and green tea extract for weight loss since Dr. Oz introduced it on his show. Celebrities were touted to miraculously melt fat and lose weight with little effort. So is there any merit behind the use of green tea and capsaicin pepper for weight loss and how does it work?
Capsaicin pepper is the active ingredient in cayenne pepper while catechins are a major component of green tea extract. Both increasethermogenesis in our bodies, which is the heat produced when our bodies use energy to function. As our body calls on different organs to work, it creates heat which will boost our metabolism. Faster metabolism means more calories and fat are burned which leads to weight loss.
Think of the last time you were really scared. Your sympathetic nervous system (an automatically controlled system in your body) most likely triggered a “fight or flight” response to ready yourself for action. This increases your organ systems: your heart rate increases, your muscles are ready to move, you start to sweat and your breathing may get faster. These responses all require increased cellular processes in your body which increases your metabolism.
Eating spicy foods (such as cayenne pepper that has capsaicin) actually has a similar response that triggers your sympathetic nervous system to increase your metabolism as you sweat, you breathe faster to cool your mouth and your heart rate increases as your body heats up. Spicy foods can even burn up to an extra 100 calories/day!
Green tea extract also has the same effect on the sympathetic nervous system. It triggers the “fight or flight” response by activating the hormone,norepinephrine, which also increases metabolism.
Added benefits of capsaicin and green tea extract when taken together are that they both curb cravings of fatty and salty foods – which tend to be loaded with calories. Therefore, less cravings = less consumption = fewer calories eaten. But wait, that’s still not all! In addition, the combination of capsaicin and green teaextract have been shown to support heart health as well as decrease blood sugar, cholesterol and joint pain.
It looks like basic biology and chemistry support the research that capsaicin and green tea extract really DO help increase metabolism, therefore burning more calories to help weight loss! With the added benefits for the heart and blood vessels, it looks like capsaicin and green tea extract are a winning combination for many reasons.
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