20 Apr Ingredient of The Week: Capsicum Annuum Extract
What is Capsicum Annuum Extract?
Capsicum annuum extract is a genus of a variety of pepper. The specific pepper that we are focusing on is the cayenne pepper. Cayenne peppers contain a compound called capsaicin; which is what gives peppers their spicy flavor. Capsaicin is special because it has been proven to have fat burning components. This isn’t capsaicin’s only function, but it’s the most exciting one!
The biggest fat burning component of capsaicin is its ability to reduce your appetite, especially when taken 30 minutes before a meal. This is key to weight loss because if you are able to reduce your appetite then reducing your caloric intake will be much easier. Additionally, capsaicin has been shown to increase fat oxidation, boost thermogenesis and overall metabolism. Some other benefits include reducing cholesterol levels, supporting heart health, and controlling blood sugar levels.
Possible Side Effects
Capsicum annuum (and capsaicin) is generally safe and does not have any major side effects. Stomach discomfort has been noted as minor side effect in a small percentage of people.
Research has shown that a minimum of 50mg will express the intended fat loss properties.
When to Take
Capsaicin has shown the best results when taken in the morning (before breakfast). To maximize the results of Capsaicin, take it before breakfast and before lunch. If you are taking Ignite, our fat burner, take 3 pills (half a serving) 30 minutes before breakfast and 3 more pills 30 minutes before lunch.