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Black pepper blocks fat cells
In a lab, researchers exposed fat cells to black pepper extract and its active compound piperine. The pepper and piperine reduced a protein that is part of the DNA instruction manual the body needs to form fat cells, setting off a metabolic chain reaction that kept fat in check.

Researchers don’t yet know how pepper or piperine works at the cellular level, but hope to eventually fight obesity and related diseases with black pepper and piperine.

Reference: Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, 2012; 60(15), 3853-60

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