A drug derived from the capsaicin in chilli peppers could help fight obesity
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CAN’T LOSE WEIGHT? BLAME YOUR BACTERIA
It’s well established that diet and exercise are key to losing weight, but gut bacteria may also play an important role, a study at Mayo Clinic in the US has found. A preliminary trial involving 26 participants enrolled in the clinic’s obesity treatment scheme has found marked, consistent differences between the gut bacteria of individuals who lost weight and those who didn’t.
ANTI-OBESITY DRUG DERIVED FROM CHILLI
A drug based on capsaicin, the compound that gives chillies their spicy burn, has triggered long-term weight loss in mice eating a high fat diet, a study at the University of Wyoming has found. When fed Metabocin, a drug designed to slowly release capsaicin throughout the day, mice burned white fat cells rather than storing them, resulting in weight loss and improved metabolic health.