Capsaicin is also thought to have many posotive properties: Boosting metabolism, lowering the risk of ulcers, improve heart health and relieveing muscle pain and itchiness
Research led by Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D (Professor in the Department of Experimental Therapeuticsusing) into capsaicin nutraceuticals in mice resulted in suppressing and blocking pro-inflammatory pathways in cancer cells.
"Symptoms common in cancer patients, such as depression, fatigue, neuropathic pain, metastases and tumor growth, are due to inflammation. By using capsaicin, we can inhibit these things."
Also, major risk factors for the most common types of cancer, such as obesity, alcohol, tobacco, radiation and environmental pollutants, are linked to cancer and its metastases through chronic inflammation.
A study tested capsaicin cream for the management of surgical neuropathic pain in 99 cancer patients. Each used capsaicin cream for eight weeks followed by eight weeks of placebo cream on painful sites four times daily. Despite experiencing side effects of skin burning and redness, patients preferred capsaicin cream to the placebo for its pain-relieving qualities.
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Though further studies are needed to better understand capsaicin's potential in the prevention and treatment of human cancer. Aggarwal believes that using capsaicin nutraceuticals as an option in cancer treatment, with a physician's consultation, shouldn't be overlooked.
For me this further supports my chilli eating habbit and spreads the word about the increasing health benefits of this wonderful innocent looking pepper. You can read the full article here: