This Spice Fights Fat

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Burning off more body fat may be as simple as sprinkling a common spice on your dinner. And now scientists are starting to investigate the fat-fighting natural chemicals in this condiment that you can start using today to vanquish fat cells.

Korean researchers have found that black pepper contains a chemical called piperine that can block the formation of new fat cells.

This laboratory research, performed at Sejong University shows that piperine interferes with genetic activity that controls fat cell formation. Consequently, piperine may also initiate a metabolic chain reaction that helps banish fat in check via other physiological channels. The researchers believe that their discoveries may help illuminate ways to use of piperine or black-pepper extracts to fight obesity.

Carl Lowe

has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.