Anti-obesity effects of capsaicin and the underlying mechanisms: A review

Run Li, Yaqi Lan, Chengyu Chen, Yong Cao, Qingrong Huang, Chi Tang Ho, Muwen Lu

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Obesity and overweight have become serious health problems in the world and are linked to a variety of metabolic disorders. Phytochemicals with a weight-loss effect have been widely studied for the past few decades. Capsaicin is the major bioactive component in red chili peppers with many beneficial functions. Its anti-obesity effects have been evaluated extensively using different model systems, including cell models, animal models and human subjects. In this paper, anti-obesity effects of capsaicin are reviewed and the underlying mechanisms are characterized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7356-7370
Number of pages15
JournalFood and Function
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Food Science


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