(Before we get started, just wanted you know that I thought black pepper fruit was something funny when I first heard about it. It's not funny.)
When it comes to fat loss, 95% of your results will come from exercising and dieting. Even so, it never hurts to turn to supplements to give yourself an added boost. With supplements, you always need to be a natural skeptic. To distinguish legitimate products from the hype, always read the ingredients. Everything listed should consist of ingredients scientifically proven to work. One ingredient you can confidently rely on is black pepper fruit extract.
Yes, Another “Extract”
Yeah, I know, green tea extract, grape seed extract, extract this, extract that. It’s beginning to sound like a broken record in the supplement industry. However, black pepper fruit is backed by science.
Black pepper is a type of flowering vine used to make grounded black pepper. Extracts of a compound, known as Piperine, from the vine has been shown to contain numerous benefits, the most notable of which is its role in fat loss.
Researchers believed they found a compound in the fruit that blocks the formation of new fat cells. The study can be found here and revealed that the compound sets off a metabolic reaction that reduces lipid storage in certain fat cells.
Any Other Benefits?
As it turns out, Piperine may also contain a host of additional benefits. It is believed that Piperine assists the body’s ability to process other vitamins and nutrients. The extract increases the body’s capacity to hold vitamin B6 in the bloodstream. It also increases the bioavailability of the nutrients vitamin C and selenium. Both of these are valuable antioxidants that help the body fight off illness.
It’s also worth noting that black pepper has long been consumed as an herbal medicine in India for treating a range of maladies, including muscle spasms, sore throat, chronic cough, hernia, and joint pain. While scientific studies for alleviating these ailments are lacking, it does seem promising given that it has been used for thousands of years with scores of people swearing by it.
In this study, Piperine was shown to prevent depression in Wistar rats. This shows that the compound may also have mood elevating effects, thus giving it potential as a nootropic.
Make Piperine a Part of Your Supplementation
For me, it’s all about what has been proven in clinical trials to work. This is why I firmly believe that black pepper fruit extract isn’t just another gimmick pushed by the million dollar supplement industry. The studies definitely prove that there’s some promise behind it. It also happens to be one of the primary ingredients in Rebellion, which is why I recommend it as a pre-workout formula if muscle retention and fat loss are your goals.
Lastly, I want to reiterate what I said at the beginning of this post. 95% of your results come from exercising and dieting. Any supplement – whether it be black pepper fruit extract or the extract of some other wonder fruit – really is just that, a supplement. That means it will give you that little extra “oomph,” but the results almost entirely come from the sweat you put in the gym and the uncompromising dedication of a clean diet.
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