Friendly zesty chili peppers spice up our health

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Chili peppers give your favorite meals a kick but carry some favorable health benefits


Habanero, chipotle, jalapeno, Anaheim, and ancho are just some of the varieties of chili peppers. Chili peppers have a remarkable list of plant chemical compounds that are known for disease preventing and health promoting benefits. These peppers also have a very low glycemic index. The GI index measures food on how they affect blood sugar. Below are just some of the benefits found by science.

Prostate Cancer

Capsaicin the compound that gives chili peppers their hot heat was found to stop the spread of prostate cancer cells by various methods. Test animals received 400 milligrams of capsaicin three times a week for a man weighing 200 pounds. The researchers found that after four weeks capsaicin had decreased prostate cancer tumor growth and size. This study appeared in the March 15, 2006 issue of Cancer Research.

Take note that consuming too many chili peppers has been associated to stomach cancer.

Another study which appeared August 24, 2015 in the Journal of Physical Chemistry found out how capsaicin works that may allow it to be turned into an effective drug or injection for prostate cancer. Researchers from the Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai India determined the capsaicin molecule fastens itself the cells surface near the membranes. With enough capsaicin in effect causes the membranes to fall apart. With additional research this could lead to new ways to fight cancer and other conditions.


Nasal spray containing capsaicin just may help to clear certain kinds of sinus infections. A study which appeared in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology in August 2011, showed capsaicin spray when used continuously over two weeks quickly and safely improves symptoms of rhinitis. Research led by allergist Dr. Johnathan Bernstein, MD and colleagues conducted the first controlled trail on capsaicin used in a spray for sinusitis. The spray was tested on non-allergic rhinitis (nasal pain, sinus pressure and congestion).

Currently a nasal spray for the relief of rhinitis allergies and headaches in which contains capsaicin as a main ingredient is currently on the market at various outlets including Walmart, Walgreens and Amazon is the first among alternative and homeopathic methods of allergy relief to gain FDA Registration.


Scientists from the Department of Biotechnology, Daegu University, Kyungsan, Korea, had fed five week old rats high-fat diet with 10 milligrams of capsaicin and for comparison fed another set of saline treated rats. The body weight of the capsaicin treated rats had a weight decrease by eight percent and had changes in levels at least of 20 key proteins in fat. The study appeared in the Journal of Proteome Research April 1, 2010.

Laboratory studies support capsaicin to play a role as ab anti-obesity agent. Epidemiologic data has shown that eating foods contain capsaicin is linked with lower predominance of obesity. Clinical evidence supports a role of capsaicin as an anti-obesity agent. Ingesting capsaicin increases energy expenditure.


Topical capsaicin rubbed on skin during a heart attack prevents or reduces damage to the heart with interventions are provided. A study published in Circulation September 14, 2006. Dr. Keith Jones, PhD, and colleagues had found in his lab found applying capsaicin cream to certain areas on the skin in mice had caused sensory nerves in the skin to trigger signals in the nervous system, protecting pathways in the heart.

A report presented at the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society held the week of March 27, 2012 had focused on capsaicin and the family of substances termed
“capsaicinoids,” the stuff that gives chili peppers and other peppers their heat. Dr. Zhen-Yu Chen,, PhD, presenter of study and colleges had found that capsaicin and capsaicinoids lower cholesterol levels by reducing the amount of cholesterol in the body. They also block action of a gene that makes arteries contract that restrict blood flow to the heart and other organs.

In cases of chest pain and oncoming heart attack add one teaspoon of cayenne in hot water and drink it. It should stop the heart attack.


In the August 4, 2015 online issue of BMJ, Associate Professor Lu Qi at Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, along with colleagues had conducted a study of 487,375 people aged 30 to 79 across China, with half of the participants being followed for 7.2 years and 20,224 deaths occurred during the study. Among participants that reported eating spicy foods once or twice weekly had shown a ten percent reduced risk of dying compared to those who did not consume spicy foods.

High Blood Pressure

If you have high blood pressure chili peppers may just lower it. Zhiming Zhu of Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China and colleges had found consuming capsaicin in chili peppers may reduce blood pressure in genetically hypertensive rats. The study appeared in Cell Metabolism August 2010.


Capsaicin cream reduces arthritis pain. Numerous studies have demonstrated that capsaicin cream can effectively reduce pain from osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. In 2010 a study out of Germany showed capsaicin reduced joint pain by 20 percent after suing it for three weeks.

Type 2 Diabetes

In the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in July 2006, Australian researchers demonstrated the amount of insulin needed to lower after meal was reduced if the meal had contain chili peppers. Plus meals containing chili peppers lower the ration of C-peptide/insulin. In a study of 36 participants ages 22-70 had received a bland meal after a bland diet with no spices, a chili containing after bland diet and a chili containing meal after chili containing diet. Insulin was lowered at the highest amount of 24 percent after a chili containing meal after a chili rich diet.


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