Possible health benefits of chili peppers

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All hot chili peppers contain phytochemicals known collectively as capsaicinoids.

  • Capsaicin was shown, in laboratory settings, to cause cancer cell death in rats.
  • Capsaicin in chilis has been found to inhibit chemically induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis in various animal models and cell culture systems.
  • Recent research in mice shows that chili (capsaicin in particular) may offer some hope of weight loss for people suffering from obesity.
  • Researchers used capsaicin from chilis to kill nerve cells in the pancreases of mice with Type 1 diabetes, thus allowing the insulin producing cells to start producing insulin again.
  • Research in humans found that after adding chili to the diet, the LDL, or bad cholesterol, actually resisted oxidation for a longer period of time, delaying the development of a major risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • Researchers found that the amount of insulin required to lower blood sugar after a meal is reduced if the meal contains chili pepper.
  • Chili peppers are being probed as a treatment for alleviating chronic pain.
  • Spices, including chili, are theorized to control the microbial contamination levels of food in countries with minimal or no refrigeration.
  • Hot peppers are claimed to provide symptomatic relief from rhinitis, but a review study found no effect.
  • Several studies found that capsaicin could have an anti-ulcer protective effect on stomachs infected with H.pylori by affecting the chemicals the stomach secretes in response to infection.
  • By combining an anesthetic with capsaicin, researchers can block pain in rat paws without causing temporary paralysis. This anesthetic may one day allow patients to be conscious during surgery and may also lead to the development of more effective chronic pain treatments.