Chili Pepper with capsaicin
How Capsaicin benefit your health?
- Fight Cancer
- Provide Pain Relief
- Prevent Sinusitis and Relieve Congestion
- Fight Inflammation
- Soothe Intestinal Diseases
- Burn Fat and Lose Weight
- Protect Your Hear
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, is so hot that it can make your mouth feel like it’s on fire!
The link between hot peppers, or their active component capsaicin, and weight loss is not something new. It’s been well recognized for some time that eating peppers or adding capsaicin to your diet could help you lose weight by boosting thermogenesis, or the rate at which your body burns fat.
It’s been shown that capsaicin reduces cholesterol levels and supports heart health. Also, meals containing capsaicin can have a positive effect on blood sugar, helping diabetics take less insulin following a meal. Its anti-inflammatory properties can relieve arthritis joint pain, and even slow down the metastasis of certain types of cancer.
An study on mice published in Cancer Research found that capsaicin caused cancer cells to “commit suicide”. The substance caused almost 80 percent of prostate cancer cells to die in mice, and prostate tumors treated with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of those in untreated mice.
“Capsaicin inhibits the growth of human prostate cancer cells in petri dishes and mice,” advocated lead researcher Dr. H. Phillip Koeffler, director of hematology and oncology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Further, researchers claim that capsaicin pills may one day be used to prevent the return of prostate cancer.
Provide Pain Relief
A topical form of capsaicin is a recognized treatment for osteoarthritis pain, and may also help alleviate pain from diabetic neuropathy.
Capsaicin is also known to inhibit Substance P, a neuropeptide that is the key transmitter of pain to the brain. Substance P can cause swelling of nerve fibers, which may result in headaches and sinus symptoms. Studies have found that capsaicin both relieves and prevents cluster headaches, migraine headaches and sinus headaches.
Prevent Sinusitis and Relieve Congestion
Capsaicin has potent antibacterial properties that fight and prevent chronic sinus infections, or sinusitis. Because it is so hot, it also helps to stimulate secretions that help clear mucus from your nose, thereby relieving nasal congestion. This phytochemical may also help relieve sinus-related allergy symptoms.
Capsaicin is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It works by inhibiting Substance P, which is associated with inflammatory processes. Capsaicin is being looked at as a potential treatment for arthritis, psoriasis and diabetic neuropathy.
Soothe Intestinal Diseases
A Duke University study found that capsaicin may lead to a cure for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The substance can also help kill bacteria such as H. pylori, which can help prevent stomach ulcers.
Burn Fat and Lose Weight
Capsaicin is a thermogenic agent, which means it increases metabolic activity. This, in turn, helps to burn calories and fat. Many popular “fat-burning” supplements on the market contain capsaicin, as the substance may significantly increase metabolic activity for over 20 minutes after it’s eaten.
Protect Your Heart
Capsaicin may help to protect the heart by reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation. It may also help the body dissolve fibrin, which is necessary for the blood clots to form. Furthermore, cultures from around the world that use hot peppers liberally in their cuisine have significantly lower rates of heart attack and stroke than those that do not.