Why You Should Include Capsaicin In Your Pre-Workout Routine
What Is Capsaicin?
Capsaicin is an alkaloid primarily found in fruits from the solanaceae (capsicum) plant… these are more commonly known as peppers or chilli’s.
It is the compound that gives peppers (chilli’s) their distinct taste and heat…
Capsaicin is also known as:
- Chilli Extract
- Hot Pepper Extract
How It Works
In Summary, Capsaicin acts via adrenaline receptors (which are metabolised by the liver) to slightly increase the bodies core temperature, this triggers an increase in the natural metabolism ( the bodies natural way of reducing the core temperature)… a result of increased metabolism is both increased energy levels along with increased fat burning.
Known Affects Of Capsaicin
Capsaicin has been studied and shown in trials to help reduce:
- Blood Glucose
- Blood Pressure
- Fat Oxidation
- Food Intake
- Heart Rate
It Can Help To Increase:
- Insulin Release
Capsaicin is a common component in pre workout supplements… it is thought to help boost energy and performance as part of its effects on the body’s metabolism.. there has actually only been minimal clinical studies on this fact ( to date, none on human test subjects), we have uncovered details of one study that was actually carried out on rodents, where test rats and mice were given Capsaicin at the dose of 10mg/kg bodyweight….
In the Rats (who bear the closest resemblance to us in the way their body works) there was a marked increase in swimming performance due to increased adrenalin secretion… The mice who took the same dosage did not see any increases whatsoever, this is because unlike Rats ( and humans) they do not have adrenal glands.
Overall, Capsaicin has demonstrated an ability to increase metabolism, triggering an increase in energy, fat burning and adrenaline secretion…
Although the effects do lack human testing, its current use in supplement form is common enough to accept that it does hold some merit and should offer benefits if taken as part of a pre workout supplement.