1. I saw on TV that Capsaicin can help with weight loss. Are there any studies to support this?
Capsaicin is the compound in hot peppers that makes them hot. One small study at the University of Oklahoma showed that taking capsaicin before exercise may help you burn more calories.
In the study, 25 subjects took either a capsaicin pill or a placebo 1 hour before exercise. Researchers monitored the amount of calories they burned.
The study found that subjects taking the capsaicin pills burned three times more calories before exercise, three percent more calories during exercise and 12 times more calories up to one hour after exercise, adding up to to an extra 278 calories in total.
However this is just one study done 5 years ago. I think more research is needed before we all start taking capsaicin.
2. I am gluten sensitive. I know there are pills for people who can't digest milk. Any pills to help digest gluten?
Experts estimate 2 to 3 million people have trouble digesting gluten.
Gluten is the protein found in wheat, rye, barley and some oats. For people with gluten sensitivity eating these foods can damage the intestines, cause digestive distress and increase the risk of developing cancer.
Right now the only treatment is to avoid these foods. However, in a new study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, researchers re-engineered a naturally occurring enzyme to break down gluten in the stomach so less likely to trigger the autoimmune response that can cause the painful and irritating symptoms.
The enzyme is called Kuma Max and could be available in a few years right next to the other enzymes like the products Beano and Lactaid.