Capsaicin, derived from red chili pepper (Capsicum annuum), is well-known to have potential weight management effects, which are linked to its ability to boost fat burning and energy production. It has also been reported to help the body burn excess fat through a process called non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT).
The pungency of the compound makes it difficult to work with, but Unibar’s CapZfuel is provided as enteric-coated beadlets where it can be absorbed without unnecessary damage or irritation to the stomach and gut, said the company.
CapZfuel is not formulated with pharmaceutical excipients, like methacrylate, said the company in a press release, and achieves better dissolution and palatability without the use of surfactants and soothing agents.
Sevanti Mehta, president of Unibar, commented: “Thermogenesis is an important function that utilizes the body’s fat as a fuel source and thereby helping to improve energy, reduce fatigue, and conserve muscle mass for better sports performance. COVID has resulted in an increase of at-home exercise and having a supplement to help burn fat safely and efficiently will help with consumer’s weight management and exercise goals.”
According to data from an eight-week animal study (obesity-induced mice), the ingredient led to significant increases in burning existing body fat as well as reducing lipid parameters such as cholesterol and triglycerides, said the company (this study has not yet been published).
“This is significant as it reveals that the mice were able to experience increased energy expenditure and boosted resting metabolic rates during non-exercise activity thermogenesis, leading to better endurance,” said Mehta.
Mehta told NutraIngredients-USA the company is planning human studies to further explore the ingredient’s benefits.
CapZfuel is certified kosher and halal.