Yet again more food is good for us when it comes to physical health problems. This time it is hot curries. It appears on the face of it eating hot curries may prevent bowel cancer.
To be more precise scientists at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) found that capsaicin, considered an irritant for mammals, including humans, is a compound found in chili peppers that may prevent bowel cancer and could also improve memory, and possibly increasing our lifespan.
Rodent studies have shown that capsaicin the main capsaicinoid in capsicum may have some effectiveness against cancer. Capsaicin a compound that gives chili peppers their heat attaches its-self to TRPV1 and stops it from working (registering painful/chronic pain).
TRPV1 found in specialized pain-sensing cells is a protein with the ability to respond to chemicals or temperature (thermal heat) and other painful stimuli. TRPV1 actually collects information from the area concerned in its bid to help protect us from future injury (ever made the mistake of drinking a rather hot drink, burning your tongue and mouth…TRPV1 at work…).
Those people who suffer from chronic pain have a shorter lifespan, and at this moment in time scientists are still none the wiser why. If as researchers believe blocking chronic pain to the pain-sensing cells may well increase longevity for everyone, then I have no doubt it will come as a blessed relief for suffers.
A past study acted out on human subjects suggested that capsaicin could possibly be used to help regulate blood sugar levels by affecting the breakdown of carbohydrates after a meal.
Other Uses For Capsaicin
Below are a number of areas capsaicin is used in, that may or may not surprise you:
- Capsaicin is also the active ingredient in riot control and personal defense pepper spray chemical agents.
- Capsaicin is also used to deter pests, including voles, deer, rabbits, squirrels, insects, and attacking dogs.
- Capsaicin is a banned substance in equestrian sports because of it’s hypersensitizing and pain-relieving properties.
- Capsaicin is used as an analgesic in topical ointments, nasal sprays (Sinol-M), and dermal patches to relieve pain.
- Capsaicin creams are used to treat psoriasis as an effective way to reduce itching and inflammation.
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