Need to lose weight? Black Pepper Helps Block Fat

By AltMed1-Peggy  

 

Love black pepper?  Give the grinder another twist and enjoy! 

 

Ancient peoples used black pepper as medicine to treat a host of problems including pain and inflammation. Now researchers using computer models and lab tests have shown that the spicy black flakes also play a role in weight management and preventing obesity.

 

The new study, published in the American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, reports the two key factors that enable black pepper to block fat are black pepper extract and piperine.

 

Both inhibit fat cell development but, even better, researchers say they may also fight fat in other ways that we haven’t identified yet.

 

What they do know now is that piperine and black pepper extracts appear to trigger a chain reaction of events that might be comparable to posting a diet policeman on patrol in the body to make sure new fat cells do not develop.

 

It would be nice if we could report that means that all we have to do to lose weight or keep weight under control is simply to eat more black pepper. But that’s not the answer. All we do know now is that this study opens the door to a new and very promising line of research that may help us combat the obesity epidemic.

 

For those who would like to read the complete study, see:   Piperine, a Component of Black Pepper, Inhibits Adipogenesis by Antagonizing PPARy Activity in 3T3-L1 Cells

 

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One Comment

  1. Posted May 13, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I’ve heard more than one chef tout chile peppers as a means to manage weight gain as well.

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