A preliminary new study suggests that the pungent component in black pepper known as piperine fights fat by blocking the formation of new fat cells.
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If further studies confirm these effects, researchers say black pepper may offer a natural alternative for the treatment of fat-related disorders like obesity.
“Our findings suggest that piperine, a major component of black pepper, inhibits fat cell differentiation…thus leading to its potential use in the treatment of obesity-related diseases,” writes researcher Ui-Hyun Park of Sejong University in Seoul, Korea, in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.