Boost Metabolism & Reduce Pain with Hot Pepper: Capsaicin- Thomas DeLauer…
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1) Pain Relief:
Capsaicin has powerful pain-relieving properties when applied to the skin. It reduces the amount of substance P, a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain, in your body. When there is less substance P, the pain messages no longer reach the brain, and you feel relief. Capsaicin is often recommended to help with pain.
A 1991 study found capsaicin may be an effective remedy for arthritis. In this double-blind randomized study, 70 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and 31 with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) received capsaicin (a substance P depletor) or placebo for four weeks. Studies have also found that Capsaicin cream can reduce itching and inflammation from psoriasis, a long-lasting skin disease that generally appears as patches of raised, red skin covered by a flaky white buildup.
Lower Back Pain:
Lower Back Pain is defined as pain between the lowest rib and the bottom of the buttocks that is not caused by serious, underlying problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, infection, fractures, cancer, or sciatica due to a ruptured disc or other pressure on nerves. Cayenne was tested in several forms: in plaster form, it reduced pain more than placebo. It was concluded that herbal medications, such as cayenne, may reduce pain in acute and chronic LBP in the short-term and have few side effects. (9)
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2) As a Thermogenic:
Capsaicin is a thermogenic agent, which means it increases metabolic activity. This, in turn, helps to burn calories and fat. In positive studies, capsaicin-treated subjects reported less desire to consume fatty foods, sweet foods, salty foods and food overall, and achieved greater satiety after meals. Also, calorie consumption during subsequent meals was sometimes reported to drop after capsaicin consumption. (2, 4)
3) Fights Inflammation:
Studies have found that capsaicin may help to fight inflammation. Studies have found that in obese mice, capsaicin injections exert an anti-inflammatory effect on adipose tissue. A subsequent study showed that dietary capsaicin had a beneficial metabolic impact on genetically diabetic KKAy mice—reducing plasma levels of glucose, insulin and triglycerides.
Study: Male KKAy mice were fed a high-fat diet for 2 weeks and received a 0.015% capsaicin supplement for a following 3 weeks and were compared with non-supplemented controls.
Dietary capsaicin markedly decreased fasting glucose/insulin and triglyceride levels in the plasma and/or liver. These findings suggest that capsaicin may be useful as a dietary factor for reducing obesity-related metabolic dysregulation. (1, 3)
1) Capsaicin, a spicy component of hot peppers, modulates adipokine gene expression and protein release from obese-mouse adipose tissues and isolated … – PubMed – NCBI. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17719033
2) Cayenne | University of Maryland Medical Center. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/herb/cayenne
3) Dietary capsaicin attenuates metabolic dysregulation in genetically obese diabetic mice. – PubMed – NCBI. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21332406
4) Review: Capsaicin may have important potential for promoting vascular and metabolic health. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4477151/
5) Treatment of arthritis with topical capsaicin: A double-blind trial. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/21200636_Treatment_of_arthritis_with_topical_capsaicin_A_double-blind_trial
6) History of early research on capsaicin:
Harvey W. Felter and John U. Lloyd, King’s American Dispensatory (Cincinnati, Ohio: Ohio Valley Co., 1898), vol. 1, page 435. Available on-line at: Henriette’s Herbal.
7) Rudolf Buchheim (1873) “Über die ‘scharfen’ Stoffe” (On the “hot” substance), Archiv der Heilkunde (Archive of Medicine), vol. 14, pages 1ff. See also: R. Buchheim (1872) “Fructus Capsici,” Vierteljahresschrift fur praktische Pharmazie (Quarterly Journal for Practical Pharmacy), vol. 4, pages 507ff.; reprinted (in English) in: Proceedings of the American Pharmaceutical Association, vol. 22, pages 106ff (1873).
8) Capsaicin — the active ingredient in Chile Peppers. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.scienceofcooking.com/capsaicin.htm
9) Herbal medicine for low-back pain | Cochrane. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cochrane.org/CD004504/BACK_herbal-medicine-for-low-back-pain