When it comes to fat loss, there are many products available on the market.
Green tea extract, green coffee bean extract, ephedra, caffeine, L-carnitine, and garcinia cambogia to name some. But the efficacy of some of these compounds is questionable, not to mention the health and safety concerns.
And if you're putting something into your body daily, you probably want to make sure first that it's safe, and second that it actually works.
But one compound you'll also see in some of the best and most effective fat burners is cayenne pepper extract, more specifically Capsimax—and it's one of five in Burn Lab Pro.
What is Capsimax?
Capsimax is a concentrated extract of capsaicinoids derived from cayenne pepper. This spicy red pepper contains one of nature's most effective compounds for revving metabolism and boosting weight and fat loss.
The majority of capsaicinoids found in chili peppers are capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin 1, which are the active constituents used for regulating body composition.
Other capsaicinoids like nordihydrocapsaicin, homocapsaicin, homodihydrocapsaicin are present in smaller quantities.
But because chili peppers can range on the spectrum of heat, taking a specific dose can straight up irritate the gut, to put it mildly.
However, Capsimax's patented OmniBead Beadlet Technology is one of the most efficient ways to take capsaicinoids without causing digestive upset or discomfort.
What Does It Do?
Fat is one of the densest sources of energy the body has, but it can take some effort to get the body to utilize it.
Getting into ketosis is one way, fasting is another, but certain compounds can actually increase fat mobilization and breakdown, thus enhancing fat loss.
Capsaicin can do that.
Capsaicinoids are the active compound in chili peppers that are responsible for the 'heat' they possess.
When consumed, they produce a similar response to that of exercise—an increased secretion of catecholamines, namely epinephrine and smaller amounts of norepinephrine 2.
The activation of neurokinin-1 by capsaicinoids causes an increase in sympathetic nervous system activity and thus an increase in the secretion of catecholamines, which is the driving factor behind fat mobilization and lipolysis (fat breakdown) 3.
Research suggests that just 2 mg of capsaicinoids can increase energy expenditure by 50 kcal/day, which over an extended period, can produce clinically significant levels of weight loss, as well as reduced abdominal adipose tissue and decreased appetite and energy intake 3.
But there's also evidence to suggest that capsaicin taken before exercise may contribute to enhanced cardio-protective functions and metabolic responses.
This includes accelerating a faster restoration of autonomic activity and enhancing lipolysis during the post-exercise recovery period with no risk of adverse effects on cardiac function 4.
Why Should You Take Capsimax?
As one of the most natural thermogenic agents, cayenne pepper extract (capsaicin) has been proven safe and effective for alleviating pain and helping stimulate metabolism to reduce weight and body fat.
Capsicum and capsaicinoids have also been shown to 4:
- Improve metabolism and hormone function
- Stabilize blood glucose
- Reduce insulin and leptin resistance
- Inhibit LDL (bad) cholesterol oxidation
- Elicit a potent antioxidant effect that impairs cancerous cell function
But in terms of how Capsimax can you with your weight management goals, a multitude of studies have found that capsaicinoids help to support normal body weight, reduce energy intake, increase thermogenesis and energy expenditure, and increase lipolysis, all of which contribute to altered body composition 4.
What Is The FDA and What Do They Regulate?
So, with all of that said, it's vital to ensure that what you're putting into your body supplement-wise is safe, because if it's going to do any long-term harm or even short-term, it's probably something you want to avoid.
The FDA is the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is the governing body for food and drugs. In their words, they are:
"responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices" 5.
- Foods—dietary supplements, bottled water, food additives, infant formulas
- Drugs—prescription, OTC
- Biologics—vaccines, blood/blood products, cellular and gene therapy products, allergenics
- Medical devices
- Electronics (radiation-emitting)
- Veterinary products
But with dietary supplements, the FDA doesn't have much say before the product hits the marketplace; federal law does not require dietary supplements to be proven safe to FDA's satisfaction before they are marketed, which means it is pretty much fair game—albeit a risky one, and supplements don't need to be approved by the FDA before being sold.
Once on shelves, the FDA is minimally involved except for certain safety monitoring responsibilities.
Is Capsimax Approved By The FDA and Is It Safe?
The quick answer to this is no; Capsimax is not FDA approved 6. However, despite not having approval by the FDA, Capsimax is completely safe for regular consumption to assist weight management practices, with plenty of available research confirming this.
Clinical studies show that higher doses of capsaicinoids are safe and tolerable for human consumption.
Whether taken as a standalone or combined with other fat-burning ingredients, no adverse events were reported with a dosage of 2mg, thus confirming capsaicinoids as safe.
There are also studies to support that up to 10mg of CAPs are well tolerated with no significant changes to liver and kidney functions 3.
Where Can You Find Capsimax?
If you're looking for a proven safe method of taking Capsimax that will maximize your performance and boost fat loss while causing no harm to your health, there's only one option: Burn Lab Pro.
Capsimax is one of the five powerful ingredients in Burn Lab Pro alongside ForsLean, HMB, NutriGenesis GTF Chromium, and BioPerine.
They team up to supercharge your workouts, maximize fat loss, preserve and enhance muscle mass and speed up recovery, all while being 100% safe and science-backed.
It's a stim-free formula designed to sustain fat burn and muscle growth pre-, during, and post-workout to keep you feeling stronger, cleaner, and leaner.
- J O'Neill, C Brock, AE Olesen, T Andresen, M Nilsson, AH Dickenson. Unravelling the mystery of capsaicin: a tool to understand and treat pain. Pharmacol Rev. 2012; 64(4): 939-971.
- T Watanabe, T Kawada, M Yamamoto, K Iwai. Capsaicin, a pungent principle of hot red pepper, evokes catecholamine secretion from the adrenal medulla of anesthetized rats. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 1987; 142(1): 259-264.
- J Deshpande, S Jeyakodi, V Juturu. Tolerability of Capsaicinoids from Capsicum Extract in a Beadlet Form: A Pilot Study. J Toxicol. 2016; 2016: 6584649.
- KO Shin, NH Yeo, S Kang. Autonomic nervous activity and lipid oxidation postexercise with capsaicin in the humans. J Sports Sci Med. 2010; 9(2): 253-261.
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