Welcome to The No Cap Health Show, a weekly podcast where Dr. Brian Boxer Wachler uses his decades of experience in medicine and ability as an expert researcher to provide a light- hearted approach and share health trends popular on TikTok. In this episode, Dr. Brian provides his Cap/No Cap analysis on today’s topic: A Legal Performance Enhancing Stimulant.
What is Capsaicin and can it actually help to enhance performance? What are other ways to increase exercise output? Are there any risks from being a chronic user of Capsaicin? Find out in today’s episode!
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01:07 – Dr. Brian takes a moment to read some fun listener reviews and encourages others to subscribe, rate and review the podcast
02:42 – Dr. Brian introduces today’s topic: A Legal Performance Enhancing Stimulant
05:03 – Studies done on Capsaicin and athletic performance
06:52 – How Capsaicin can impact Weight/Resistance Training
08:18 – Why does Capsaicin enhance performance?
09:15 – Other ways to increase exercise output
10:00 – Risks of taking Capsaicin continuously
11:01 – Creatine and exercise
“For thirteen cents you can get a natural (legal) performance enhancing stimulant. So, now I guess you’re wondering, ‘How is that even possible?’ Well, let’s just break it down.” (04:05) (Dr. Brian)
“Most of the studies used 12 mg [of capsaicin] and they were given about forty-five minutes before the exercise so it gives the body time to absorb it and get it into the system. And, there was one study that used a pretty low dose of just 1.2 mg. So, what were the results? In this one study where they ran 1,500 meters, it actually did reduce the time to get to 1,500 meters. So it actually made the runners faster.” (05:08) (Dr. Brian)
“Taking about a 12 mg capsule about forty-five minutes before doing weight training also increased the number of repetitions that they could do at seventy-five percent of their max with a standardized rest interval.” (07:02) (Dr. Brian)
“Interestingly enough, there are several mechanisms and I’m going to give you the three top ones. So, the first mechanism is that [Capsaicin] is increasing, very likely, calcium release in the muscles. And so, the more calcium that gets released, the increased contractability and strength you get out of the muscle. Also, it looks like it increases fatty acid oxidation, another source of energy and increases the amount of power out of the muscles. And the third is that it decreases pain.” (08:21) (Dr. Brian)
“In fact, Capsaicin or having some spicy peppers, like jalapeño peppers, can boost your exercise performance and also for weight lifting and strength training as well.” (09:45) (Dr. Brian)
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