Capsaicin comes from chili peppers and makes them taste hot. It’s claimed to help burn fat and calories and to help you feel full and eat less.

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›  Health benefits

Capsaicin hasn’t been studied enough to know whether it will help you lose weight.

›  How much do I need?

The dosage varies depending on age and what it is being used for. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels, and consult your pharmacist, physician or other healthcare professional before using.

Capsaicin is safe at up to 33 milligrams a day for four weeks or 4 milligrams a day for 12 weeks, but it can cause stomach pain, burning sensations, nausea and bloating.

›  Dietary supplements

Capsaicin can be found most commonly in capsule form.

Source: National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements

Please consult your health care provider before making changes to your vitamin/supplement regimen.

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