Stearoyl Vanillylamide Explained
February 27, 2020
What is Stearoyl Vanillylamide?
Stearoyl vanillylamide, also known as C18-VA, is a non-pungent capsaicin analog found in various red pepper species. As many people know, capsaicin is what gives the spicy sensation to food. What makes stearoyl vanillylamide unique is that despite being a member of the capsaicin family, is does not produce any sensations of being spicy that are common with capsaicin. Like other forms of capsaicin, stearoyl vanillylamide increases the release of epinephrine (aka adrenaline) and norepinephrine. These hormones activate the functions of the sympathetic nervous system.
What Does it Do?
Studies have shown stearoyl vanillylamide is effective to increase energy, strength, and performance. According to a 1998 study in Japan, mice that were orally administered stearoyl vanillylamide displayed increased swimming capacity. The study showed stearoyl vanillylamide increased adrenaline secretion which led to increased heart rate, increased muscle strength, and blood pressure. The mice that were administered stearoyl vanillylamide displayed higher energy levels than mice not given stearoyl vanillylamide. These results indicate that in humans, assuming sufficient caloric intake, users of stearoyl vanillylamide should be able to exert more physical output (i.e. working out) without feeling tired.
Stearoyl vanillylamide has been shown to break down brown adipose tissue, also known as brown fat, particularly in the abdomen. It does this by turning on TRPV1 (Transient Receptor Potential Vanilloid), an enzyme that prevents abdominal fat formation and production. Along with capsaicin, stearoyl vanillylamide is one of the agents that target and activate TRPV1 in the plasma membrane.
Some studies have shown that stearoyl vanillylamide may have anti-inflammatory characteristics and may effectively reduce inflammation by activating TRPV1 and releasing adrenergic hormones. Increasing circulating epinephrine and norepinephrine in the body increases the functioning of the immune system which in turn promotes healing and controlling inflammations. TRPV1 is also considered to be a therapeutic agent for inflammation.
What Supplements Contain Stearoyl Vanillylamide?
Despite its effectiveness, there are not many dietary supplements that contain stearoyl vanillylamide. The number one reason for this is cost. Most supplement companies are willing to sacrifice effectiveness to maximize their bottom line. As such, they are unwilling to add expensive ingredients to make their formulas more effective for the customer. M.A.S.S. Nutraceuticals is not like any other supplement company. We know stearoyl vanillylamide works and because of this, it goes into our DOMINATE stimulant-free pump pre-workout. This product is great on its own and forms a phenomenal combination with our INITIATE pre-workout when taken together. Give these products a try and experience the best workouts you’ve had.