OmniActive’s Weight-Management Pepper Ingredient Wins Vitafoods Award

May 24, 2011

Derived from hot red chili peppers (capsicum), Capsimax triggers lipolysis, the breakdown of fat.

OmniActive Health Technologies (Short Hills, NJ) won most innovative ingredient at the Vitafoods Europe trade show in May for its Capsimax weight-management ingredient. Derived from hot red chili peppers (capsicum), Capsimax’s active capsaicinoids convert to vanillyl amines, which in the brain triggers the release of ephinephrine and norepinephrine in the brain. This in turn triggers lipolysis, which is the breakdown of fat. The capsiacinoids are also encapsulated in “OmniBead beadlets” to prevent oral and gastric irritation.

“This major technical achievement allows the global nutraceutical industry, for the first time, to use hot red peppers in a variety of weight-management, diet control, and sports nutrition formulas, without the burn,” the company says.

“…We were extremely proud to be selected as the winner and acknowledged for the extensive effort invested in the creation of Capsimax, including numerous product-development trials, ongoing human tolerability testing, and a record three-month scale-up to production,” said Hiren Doshi, the company’s vice president, in a press statement.

“We continue to invest extensively in research to further substantiate the health benefits of Capsimax, as well as educate the broader scientific community, nutraceutical industry, and general population about how Capsimax helps manage the appetite, support healthy metabolism to burn calories, increase energy expenditure in the body, and support lipolysis, a breakdown of fat cells.”