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The health value of capsaicin

Aug 12, 2019

The active ingredient of capsaicin is toxic to some extent. It is irritating to mammals, including human, which could produce a burning sensation in the mouth. As an important seasoning, pepper has already been deeply rooted in the hearts of people. However, in nature, almost no mammals except humans love to eat pepper. This is because the spicy taste of pepper is not a taste, but a pain. When people eat pepper, capsaicin and the pain feeling will stimulate the brain to secrete dopamine, which gives people the feeling of "euphoria", "excitement" and "increased appetite". When they are obsessed with this feeling, they will become more and more fond of eating spicy.


Capsaicin has a variety of pharmacological effects, such as analgesia, anti-inflammatory, itching, sterilization, treatment of frostbite, detoxification and rheumatism. There are some painkillers in the clinic, of which the main ingredient is capsaicin. Clinical use of capsaicin requires overcoming side effects, including gastrointestinal irritation, stomach cramps, gastrointestinal burning sensation.

Recently, researchers at Marshall University in the United States found that capsaicin can block the metastasis of cancer cells. Capsaicin is a vanillic acid that has been found to have anti-cancer properties in early studies. Further experiments have found that capsaicin can block a specific protein that helps cells to grow, thereby inhibiting the metastasis of cancer cells. Maybe one day, capsaicin can work with other chemotherapy methods.

Promoting digestion is one of the important functions of capsaicin. It has a certain stimulating effect on human oral and gastrointestinal mucosa, can promote the secretion of digestive juice, and can also accelerate the peristalsis of the stomach, allowing them to digest and absorb the food in the body as soon as possible. 

Usually, people should have some capsaicin-containing peppers, which can absorb rich vitamin C. The capsaicin can also promote the metabolism of excess cholesterol in the human body, prevent them from being converted into bile, reduce their formation of stones. People with gallstones have the right amount of peppers in their daily diet could ease the condition.

Capsaicin can also regulate the content of insulin in the human body, improve the function of the human pancreas, and make the blood sugar in a normal state. Those who have hyperglycemia or diabetes should have more food contains capsaicin.

The body's absorption of capsaicin can also improve heart function. They can promote cholesterol and fat metabolism in the body, prevent blood pressure and blood lipids from rising, and can reduce blood lipids, improve heart contractility, and nourish the heart muscle. 

Capsaicin plays a role in weight loss because it can accelerate the body's metabolism, prevent fat accumulation in the body. According to scientific data, the researchers believe that capsaicin inhibits fat accumulation by inducing changes in certain proteins in animals. Capsaicin can promote the secretion of nerve conduction substances and adrenaline. Adrenaline can play a certain role in weight loss by sweating and burning fat. However, most of the foods that are usually eaten are raw peppers. According to the introduction, peppers can make the skin red and hot, and accelerate the local metabolism. However, this effect cannot be sustained, and naturally, it cannot ensure that the weight loss effect will not be achieved.