Weight Loss

3 Ways Capsaicin Can Help You Lose Weight

Thursday, May 15, 2014 by Lee Swanson

Dear Friends,

When you think about weight loss and healthy weight management, capsaicin may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But Dr. Richard Bloomer discusses how capsaicin works in your body and covers three unique ways it may actually help you manage your weight. Find out three different ways capsaicin may help you lose weight in this short video interview...

Video Transcript:

Interviewer: Doctor we discussed a little about the benefits of capsaicin, can you explain how they work, when we adjust them what exactly is going on?

Dr. Bloomer: Sure, sure, a few different mechanism of action actually. The first we mention before that the capsaicinoids often times not always, but often times in most studies have been reported to increase in energy expenditure. Typically this is something referred to thermogenesis, or the production of heat energy. Typically when we consume food, carbohydrate and protein in particular, as well as dietary fat of course, the dietary fat, the carbohydrate, the protein will be broken down into particular components and those components can then be used as a substrate for ATP energy productions.

So in terms of dietary fat for example, the dietary fat can be oxidized and it generates these electron carriers and without getting to technical, those electron carriers and those hydrogen ions that are produced can actually be used to generate ATP energy. Well the presence of the capsaicinoids, the capsaicinoids actually stimulates that have been called the uncoupling protein, and there are actually several uncoupling proteins but in particular the capsaicinoids stimulates the activity of the uncoupling protein called uncoupling protein 1, or UCP1 thermogenin. This particular protein allows for the hydrogen that are produced that particularly create ATP energy to be dissipated as heat so those hydrogens, rather than producing energy that is now available to our bodies to use it as a fuel source are to be stored those hydrogen ions that are actually producing heat energy. And we can actually measure this in the laboratory typically through a technique called indirect calorimetry where we collect expired breath samples from the individual.

We do this before ingestion of the capsaicinoids or other components as well as after the ingestion. And across time we see that capsaicinoids tends to stimulate the increase in heat energy production and they do this again by upregulating or increasing the activity of uncoupling protein, a protein that is involved in the generation of heat energy so that would be one mechanism of action. Another would be the capsaicinoids have been reported to stimulate something called the catecholamines.

People are familiar with the adrenaline, for example, or with noradrenaline. Well by doing this the catecholamines have an end result through a rather complex mechanism of increasing the availability of free fatty acids into the circulation so that can be broken down through a lot of complex process and then these fatty acids from the fat molecule can actually be released into the circulation. It doesn't necessarily mean that they're gonna be burned, sometimes you hear the term fat burning, but what we're saying those fatty acids are freed up and now they would be available to undergo oxidation or to be used as a fuel source. So if an individual is engaged in an exercise session etcetera and they had more free fatty acids available to them to use as a fuel source this may actually be an outcome.  So that's number two.

So thermogenesis, elevating free fatty acid levels and the third the capsaicinoids have been reported to reduce appetite. That maybe due to the increase catecholamines, because there's an anorectic effect of catecholamine. Some literature suggests that it comes from animal models that may regulate another important hormone that regulates the appetite called ghrelin. There's not a lot of evidence for that at this point but the bottom line is in some, not all, studies, but in some studies, that capsaicinoids have been noted to decrease appetite.

So collectively increasing the energy expenditure, increasing the availability of the free fatty acids in the circulation and some studies had reported a subsequent increase in fat oxidation and then third potentially a decrease in appetite. So when you look all those things together, you can understand why these particular nutrients whether it's from a whole food or from a supplement form, may actually have favorable outcomes in terms of weight management across time.

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Monday, January 27, 2014 by Ben H

New Year’s resolutions, goal setting and diets are at the top of our minds come January 1st. Unfortunately, most of these resolutions, goals and fad diets fail miserably by the time February or March rolls along. Set yourself up for success in the New Year by committing to small changes to improve your health and wellness.

Diets Are for Quitters

The thought of a diet is just so tempting. Promises of clear rules and short-term success abound. Unfortunately, while they may work this week or this month, diets are the top predictor of future weight gain.1 What a cruel injustice! Then you hop onboard with another diet, and repeat the same yo-yo process over and over, resulting in depleted nutrient stores and drained energy—not to mention lowered self-esteem.    

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1. Dieting and restrained eating as prospective predictors of weight gain. Frontiers in Psychology. Front Psychol. 2013; 4: 577. Retrieved from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3759019/pdf/fpsyg-04-00577.pdf

Is Your Weight Problem Tied to Food Sensitivities?

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by Lee Swanson

Dear Friends and Valued Customers:

In today's featured video from iHealthTube.com, Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey joins the discussion to talk about healthy weight. If you're having trouble losing weight or if you're gaining weight, food sensitivities may be one of the reasons. Dr. Dempsey discusses how food sensitivities might play a role and how you can find out if that's what's behind your issue. 

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About Dr. Tania Tyles Dempsey

Ms. Tania Tyles Dempsey specializes in food sensitivities, vitamin deficiencies and hormone and thyroid issues.  

Dr. Dempsey earned her BS degree with honors from Cornell University. She earned her MD degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She completed her Internship and Residency at NYU Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital.  She is also Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
Dr. Dempsey founded Armonk Integrative Medicine in Armonk, NY.  
Prior to that, she had an Internal Medicine practice at WESTMED Medical Group in Rye, NY.  She is also a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and the American College of Physicians. 

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