Weight loss surgery is often considered by obese individuals and mainstream doctors despite the serious risk and invasive nature, but researchers have revealed that a natural alternative can be utilized that may be just as effective without the surgery. The substance responsible for the extreme reduction in abdominal fat (described as ‘beer belly fat’) is known as capsaicin, which is actually the ingredient in chili peppers and other spicy food that causes the familiar ‘burning spice’ sensation.
When scientists from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) examined capsaicin, they were amazed to find that the ingredient can naturally lead to fat loss and fight obesity – related diseases with fewer side effects than invasive bariatric surgery options. Published in the journal Digestive Diseases and Sciences, the authors revealed that capsaicin could be a natural method of combating obesity that is nearly as effective as intensive surgeries — and with far less complications and risks.
“The reduction in visceral fat is particularly important,” said lead researcher and head of the BWH Department of Sugery Dr. Ali Tavakkoli. “High visceral fat volume is a marker of obesity and obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes. Preferentially lost visceral fat after vagal de-afferentation highlights the potential for this procedure.”
The way in which capsaicin works has to do with how it affects the nerve fibers in the body responsible for sending certain signals to the brain. The ingredient actually eliminates certain nerve fibers that take signals from the gut to the brain, while leaving intact the nerve fibers that send signals in the opposite direction (from the brain to the gut).
In addition to combating obesity, spicy foods have also been found to benefit your health in several other ways. Spicy foods could even prevent the leading cause of death (heart disease), according to powerful research from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Incorporating spicy foods into your daily diet may help not only rid your body of unwanted fat, but also boost your overall cardiovascular health and immunity.