Capsimax Difference

Consuming large amounts of red pepper, or even supplements with high doses of capsaicinoids, can be too hot for most digestive tracts to handle. Imagine the burning sensation you get from eating a habanero pepper, one of the hottest peppers in the world. Without the proper coating, capsicum can cause considerable oral and gastric distress. Even those who work with capsicum extract are at risk. During formulation and production, airborne particles can irritate the eyes, skin, and respiratory system and may lead to cross-contamination during the formulating and manufacturing processes.

The Revolutionary Capsimax Difference

Capsimax® Capsicum Extract—concentrated highly-active, natural capsicum—delivers the same level of heat as a habanero pepper but without the burn.

Not all stand-alone or encapsulated capsicum ingredients are the same. So, what makes award-winning Capsimax different from other capsicum ingredients? It’s the patented OmniBead™ technology, which was created by OmniActive Health Technologies, an innovator in ingredients for dietary supplements. OmniBead™ beadlets encapsulate natural capsicum in a controlled-release coating, delivering effective levels of capsaicinoids without the oral and gastric burning sensation of unprotected red hot peppers.

Capsimax's outer coating can withstand the level of acids found in our stomachs. Therefore, Capsimax passes through the stomach and releases the capsicum into the lower parts of the intestine, where it is completely broken down.

Available in both standard and beverage grade for ready to mix beverage powders, Capsimax is a natural, non-stimulant ingredient that you will find in hundreds of products around the world. Look for Capsimax in your favorite capsule, tablet and drink mix supplement for weight management, sports nutrition, healthy metabolism and active lifestyles.

Capsimax Capsicum Extract provides the benefits of red hot peppers without the burn.

Capsimax Clinical Research

Capsimax Capsicum Extract and the health-promoting benefits of capsaicinoids have been researched in both animal and human clinical studies, all conducted in the US. The primary areas of study have been thermogenesis, lipolysis, metabolism and body composition.

Body Composition and Lipolysis

A randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind, cross over human clinical study explored the effects of Capsimax® on lipolysis—the breakdown of fat—and secretion of epinephrine and norephinephrine—hormones that control metabolism on both healthy and obese subjects. Twenty healthy subjects who ingested 100 mg Capsimax (2 mg capsaicinoids) showed significant increases in free fatty acids and glycerol in their blood post-ingestion and after exercise—an indicator of fat breakdown.[1] In another randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, 45 obese participants were assigned to receive a supplement containing Capsimax, raspberry ketone, caffeine, garlic, ginger and citrus aurantium or a placebo. After eight weeks of daily supplementation, a calorie-restricted diet and exercise training, the group taking the Capsimax-containing supplement lost more weight, more body fat and more waist and hip girth than the placebo group. The Capsimax group also gained more lean body mass.[2]

[1] Bloomer et al. Effect of oral intake of capsaicinoid beadlets on catecholamine secretion and blood markers of lipolysis in healthy adults: a randomized, placebo controlled, double-blind, cross-over study. Lipids Health Dis 2010, 9:72

[2] Lopez et al. Eight weeks of supplementation with a multi-ingredient weight loss product enhances body composition, reduces hip and waist girth, and increases energy levels in overweight men and women. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 Apr 19;10(1):22

Thermogenesis and Metabolism

In a double-blind, randomized controlled trial, Capsimax®—in combination with black pepper extract, niacin and caffeine—increased energy expenditure and oxygen consumption rate (a measure known as VO2) 50 minutes after ingestion. After exercise, VO2, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, and heart rate (in men only) were greater after supplementation at 10, 20, 30, and 50 minutes post-exercise.[1]

Energy expenditure and fat craving after supplementation with Capsimax—in combination with raspberry ketone, caffeine, garlic, ginger and citrus aurantium—in 70 obese men and women was explored in another study. Energy levels increased while fat craving decreased.[2]

To monitor Capsimax's thermogenic properties, a double-blind, randomized controlled cross-over study was conducted. Twenty-five participants were asked to exercise on treadmills on two separate occasions. On one occasion, the subjects took Capsimax Plus before exercise, and on the second occasion, they took a placebo. By assessing energy expenditure, it was found that the participants burned more calories before, during and after exercise when they had taken Capsimax Plus as compared to the placebo.[3]


[1] Ryan et al. Acute effects of a thermogenic nutritional supplement on energy expenditure and cardiovascular function at rest, during low-intensity exercise, and recovery from exercise. J Strength Cond Res. 2009 May;23(3):807-17.

[2] Lopez et al. Eight weeks of supplementation with a multi-ingredient weight loss product enhances body composition, reduces hip and waist girth, and increases energy levels in overweight men and women. J Int Soc Sports Nutr. 2013 Apr 19;10(1):22.

[3] Unpublished data.