Study Showing The Effects Of Capsaicin On Reducing Belly Fat

bellymeasurementsmallThe Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a recent study showing the effects of capsaicin on reducing belly fat.

As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Thursday, May 17, 2012 (, according recent study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, researchers found that capsaicin — best known to help treat arthritis when used in a cream on the skin — could play a role in the future of weight management. The study is published in the May issue of ”Digestive Diseases and Sciences.”

The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that the study investigated two surgeries that could be used in place of bariatric surgery. “Vagotomy” involves removing the vagus nerve, which transmits information between the gut and the brain.”Vagal deafferentation” also involves the vagus nerve, but rather than removing the nerve completely, surgeons use capsaicin to destroy only certain nerve fibers.

They found that vagotomy significantly reduced total body fat, as well as visceral abdominal fat. The latter is the dangerous layer of fat that pads the spaces between abdominal organs. Vagal deafferentation also reduced these fats, but to a lesser degree. However, according to the researchers, the reduction is still remarkable.

The reduced visceral fat is especially important. High visceral fat volume is a marker of obesity and obesity-related diseases, such as diabetes.

Between the two surgeries, vagal deafferentation is associated with fewer side effects.
The researchers note that more work needs to be done on whether these surgeries can be used on humans, and whether capsaicin could be applied directly to human vagal fibers. The study results, however, provide promise of what the future can hold.

As demand for surgeries that reduce weight and obesity – related diseases increases, procedures that can achieve success in a less invasive fashion will be more important.

(SOURCE: A.T., Stearns, et al., “Relative Contributions of Afferent Vagal Fibers to Resistance to Diet-Induced Obesity,” Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 2012; 57: 1,281-1,290.)

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