Web Desk: Obesity is one of the most alarming issue people are facing worldwide. But luckily scientists have discovered a spicy solution to lose weight.
A study has found that anti-obesity drug derived from chili peppers caused long term weight loss and improved metabolic health.
The University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy study found the novel drug, Metabocin, was based on capsaicin – the compound that gives chili peppers their spicy burn. It was designed to slowly release capsaicin throughout the day so it can exert its anti-obesity effect without producing inflammation or adverse side effects.
The researcher said, ‘We observed marked improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels, insulin response, and symptoms of fatty liver disease.’
An important question for the researchers was whether the drug remains effective when used long term, and whether adverse effects would outweigh its benefits. The mice in this experiment remained on the drug for 8 months, maintaining the weight loss with no evidence of safety problems. Additional ongoing experiments will see how long that can be maintained.
“It proved safe and was well tolerated by the mice,” researcher concluded. “Developing Metabocin as a potent anti-obesity treatment shows promise as part of a robust strategy for helping people struggling with obesity.“