1. What Is It?
Capsimax® is a concentrated natural capsicum extract from red hot chilli peppers. This capsicum extract from red hot chilli peppers is a registered ingredient from the manufacturers OmniActive Health Technologies. Compared to other capsicum extracts, Capsimax® uses a patented delivery system to ensure no oral or gastric burning sensation commonly experienced when consuming red hot chilli peppers and inferior capsicum extracts.
2. What Does It Do?
So whats so special about Capsimax® and whats so special about capsicum extracts from red hot chilli peppers? Its simple, it’s what is yielded by the capsicum extract. Capsimax® is standardized to yield a specific amount of capsaicinoids in each serve of this extract.
Capsaicinoids are naturally occurring compounds that cause the burning sensation, and also the heat, that we feel when we consume red hot chilli peppers. Chilli peppers belong to the plant family called capsicum and they have been used in food as well as medicine for thousands of years. Chilli peppers have been used to help treat digestive issues, headaches, menstrual cramps, sore throats and even motion sickness and many more conditions.
But why do we want to consume these capsaicinoids?
Increasing thermogenesis is what every fat burner formula is trying to achieve. When we say thermogenesis we are referring to the process of the body generating heat by breaking down our main energy unit called adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Yes, our explosive energy system fuel source, ATP. The breakdown of this ATP causes an increase in body temperature which results in an increase in the number of calories being used by the body at rest.
Lipolysis is a process that occurs in the body where lipid triglycerides (fats) are broken down. These triglycerides (fats) are broken down through the process called hydrolysis into free fatty acids and glycerol. This allows the body to utilise these free fatty acids as an energy source, essentially allowing the body to burn this previously-stored fat. The capsaicinoids within Capsimax® stimulate the enzyme Lipase which is the enzyme that causes the process of hydrolysis to occur.
Improved Metabolism Health
Both of these process, thermogenesis and lipolysis, being upregulated will result in improvement in metabolism. Not just an increase in the calories being metabolised daily but also the health and strength of the metabolism to cope with day to day stresses and changes in dietary intake or energy expenditure. These factors are, of course, very important considerations when you are trying to reduce body fat in a healthy and maintainable manner. At the end of the day, calories in vs calories out will always play a major role in our body composition and health so supporting the metabolism is a key element in achieving any goal involving body composition.
Patented Delivery System
The biggest issue with trying to consume red hot chilli peppers and even capsicum extracts is that they are hot like REAL hot! This is what separates Capsimax® from other inferior extracts on the market. They use their patented OmniBead technology to ensure each serve of Capsimax® has a controlled-release coating that allows for delivering effective levels of capsaicinoids without the oral and gastric burning sensation of unprotected red hot peppers. Nothing worse than drinking a fat burner that tastes like a shaker of chilli water!
3. How Much Do I Need To Take?
A serving of between 50 – 100 mg of Capsimax® has been studied to show increased in lipolysis. The tricky part about dosing Capsimax® is more to do with how the user will react to the thermogenic effect of the ingredient. While other ingredients, you always want to go for the largest clinical dose thats not the case for Capsimax®. If you find yourself sensitive to the capsaicinoids within Capsimax® then you may find a 50 mg serve will have you feeling hotter than ever before.
Most formulas on the market will dose Capsimax® anywhere from 20 – 50 mg per serve. These products are generally designed to be taken either once or twice a day with the twice a day serving suggestion ensuring you get the studied serve of Capsimax®.
4. When Do I Take It?
Capsimax® will typically be found in fat burners and fat loss supplements. Majority of these supplements are designed to be taken before cardio/ exercise and that is perfect for Capsimax®. To capitalise on the thermogenic effects of the capsaicinoids, they should be taken before performing exercise to ramp up the bodies calorie expenditure. Taken 15 – 30 minutes before training is ideal. On non-training days, you can take a serve in the morning but do be aware of the thermogenic effect before you go into your important business meeting.
5. How Long Does It Take To Work?
Instantly! You should notice the thermogenic effect of Capsimax® within 30 – 60 minutes after consumption. The degree of heat you experience will depend on the dose and, of course, your personal sensitivity towards the capsaicinoids within Capsimax®. If you are exercising, you will notice a slight increase in the amount you are sweating. This is the thermogenic effect, doing its thing.
As for fat loss, these results will come from consistent use of Capsimax® paired with a nutritious diet tailored for the specific goal of fat loss and for the specific individual in question. Continual use of Capsimax® will yield the best results long term.
6. What Are The Top Products?
The top products containing Capsimax® are: