Hot stuff for slimmers: The chilli pill that burns off as many calories as a 25-minute jog
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 7:59 AM on 28th December 2009
A slimming pill whose creators claim can burn calories while you sit at your desk goes on sale today.
Capsiplex's makers say the capsule, which is made from hot peppers and capsicum and is used by Hollywood stars Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt and Britney Spears, can eat up as many calories as 80 minutes of walking or a 25-minute jog.
Trials at the University of Oklahoma showed adults taking Capsiplex burned off 278 more calories before, during and after a bout of exercise than those on placebos.
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Experts who developed it had to overcome the fact that capsicum extract is unbearably hot and would cause irritation if eaten in large quantities.
A spokesman for Capsiplex said: 'For decades, scientists have known about the weight-loss potential of red-hot peppers. The problem has been the ability to consume such a highly concentrated amount, but we have overcome this by putting a protective coating on the ingredients which stops any gastric irritation.
'At last we have a safe and healthy supplement to help weight loss.'
A month's supply of the one-a-day capsules costs £29.99.
The production of the tablet follows years of medical research into hot peppers and capsicum and their benefits to slimmers.
Several studies have found that hot peppers and their extracts are a safe option for nutritional supplements aimed at regulating diet.
The pills are already used in the United States by personal trainers because chilli and capsicum help speed up the metabolism, meaning people can lose weight more rapidly.