(Best Syndication News) – Researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) investigated the use of capsaicin, which is found in hot peppers, to see if it useful for a vagal de afferentation procedure. As a comparison, the researchers investigated a vagatomy for weight loss. The researchers wanted to see how these procedures would work for weight loss. While the study was conducted in a laboratory setting, it might eventually become another option to bariatric weight loss surgery. The study results are published in the May issue of Digestive Diseases and Sciences.
Ali Tavakkoli, MD, BWH Department of Surgery, and his team investigated the two surgeries – Vagotomy and Vagal de-afferentation – in the lab and found that the vagotomy significantly reduced visceral abdominal fat as well as total body fat. The visceral fat is found in the spaces between the abdominal organs and is associated with obesity-related diseases such as diabetes. The Vagal de-afferentation surgery also showed reduction of fat, but in a smaller amount, but the researchers says it is still remarkable. The vagal de afferentation had fewer side effects than the vagotomy.