This article made me laugh because of how much my boyfriend loves pepper on almost anything we cook 🙂 Who knew the whole time he had a key to maintaining a healthy weight because of his love for pepper. I’m gonna have to follow his lead and add a little extra pepper to my meals after reading this article. Leave a comment and let me know what you think.
People want to maintain a healthy weight, and there are lots of beneficial ways to do it: exercise, whole foods diet and supplementation, proper stress relief, regular sleeping patterns. But a new study has highlighted an ancient ingredient for healthy fat metabolism that is, quite literally, right under our noses—black pepper.
Published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the study zeroes in on piperine, the component that makes pepper spicy. Black pepper has been used for centuries by Eastern practitioners to address numerous areas of health, particularly the digestive system. This ancient spice has also been known to support healthy fat metabolism. But nobody knew exactly why— until now.
Our bodies use blood glucose for energy; however, excess glucose is converted into fat, and there are a number of genes that control this process. Researchers found that piperine in black pepper reduces the expression of these genes: in other words, it turns many of these genes down or shuts them off completely. In addition, pepper turns up biological processes that promote healthy weight, by allowing the body to metabolize fat more efficiently.
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