A commonly used spice, cayenne is a type of pepper that has also been used for medicinal purposes. Such purposes have included helping with pain relief, digestive problems, and circulation. It is commonly dried and ground into a powder form. The active ingredient in cayenne is capsaicin.
This cayenne review will look deeper into the research behind cayenne to see if it is, in fact, an effective diet pill ingredient.
One study ((http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/171_11_061299/egger/egger.html#refbody15)) showed that capsaicin powder when added to food may reduce food intake. The actual supplement of cayenne (not the pure capsaicin powder), however, has not been proven to do this.
Another clinical study ((Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, 1995, 41(6), 647-656)) showed an increase in energy expenditure in men after they had eaten a meal that contained 10 grams of red (cayenne) pepper.
More research needs to be done to determine if cayenne will be effective in weight loss. Studies so far seem to allude to the fact that it may help, but are inconclusive as to cayenne’s direct benefit to weight loss by itself. Some studies suggest that cayenne may help by lowering food intake and increasing energy levels. It’s important to note the amount of cayenne pepper studied (10 grams). It’s almost a sure bet that any diet pill will not include that much cayenne in their ingredient profile. And if they did, it would probably be the only ingredient that they could fit. Which, if that’s the case, is reason in and of itself not to buy the diet pill. Cayenne gets a pretty nuetral review from us. We look forward to more research being done.