Capsaicin Protects Liver Cells

Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot, promotes weight loss and reduces fat deposition by increasing key proteins in fat cells. It might also protect liver cells from fibrosis. A study from Belgium on mice found that supplementing their diets with capsaicin prevented liver cell fibrosis following closure of their bile ducts. Liver fibrosis is common in obesity and can occur with longtime use of anabolic steroids. Capsaicin supplements might protect liver function in those who use anabolic steroids. This is speculation because no one has studied this directly. (Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 59: 1107-1116, 2015)

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