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January 19, 2007 at 1:52 am #3112

Old post – I know but thought that this might be interesting from http://www.t-nation.com/readTopic.do?id=462017
I tried pubmedding the original articles and further research but my physiology isn’t up to par!
Article text:

Ginger (Gingerols, Shogaols) and Red Pepper (Cayene, Capsaicin)

These compounds have been shown to increase energy expenditure and oxygen consumption via adrenal catecholamine secretion (mostly epinephrine) and there’s actually some research in both humans and animals. The problem? Well, yes, an increase in energy expenditure is usually a good thing as long as what’s being oxidized are lipids and not carbohydrates. When you increase carbohydrate oxidation, you essentially end up exhausting glycogen stores while preserving fat stores. Well, this is exactly what capsaicin has been shown to do! And ginger is nearly as potent as capsaicin in this regard. So, it’s pointless to add these to any formulation.