Capsinoids May Help Increase Physical Activity and Reduce Body Fat
Capsinoids are compunds found in chili peppers that have almost no pungency. They also have anti-inflammation properties. According to a new study, capsinoid supplementation may help increase physical activity and reduce body fat mass in people with sedentary lifestyles.
Sixty-nine people with an average age of 74 participated in the study. Half of them consumed 9mg of capsinoids from non-pungent chili peppers and the other half took a placebo daily for 12 weeks. Physical activity levels were measured using a waist-mounted activity meter. Body composition, fatness, and sensitivy to cold were assessed three times during the study.
No significant changes in light physical activity levels were seen in the capinsoid group as a whole. However, participants with a sedentary lifestyle who took the capsinoid supplement saw an increase in light physical activity from 84.5 minutes daily at baseline to 99.2 minutes daily at the end of the study. The capinsinoid group also saw significant decreases in waist circumference, visceral fat, and body fat percentage.
Participants in the capsinoid group who were 80 years or older reported a significant reduction in sensitivity to cold and feeling chills.
The study was conducted by researchers from Kyoto University. It was published on January 14, 2020 in the journal Nutrients.