The Human Body and Capsaicin

The magical, molecular compound works hard for your body

Capsaicin, the compound found in every part of the chili pepper (except the seeds), benefits the body in many ways once it is consumed. From the head down to the toes, capsaicin is felt by many by a hot, burning sensation that gives both pain and pleasure. However, the way the body processes capsaicin aids to help by providing various nutritional benefits.

Here are the top ways capsaicin works for your body:

For Pain

Capsaicin works as a pain reliever, believe it or not (even though you may feel that burning pain when it hits your tongue). Because of its extreme heat, it can literally de-sensitize the sensory receptors in your skin. Another way is the nerve cells that transmit pain signals to your brain - capsaicin takes a part in depleting your body of the chemical Substance P, a component of those nerve cells. The breakdown of Substance P can also help relieve the pain caused by migraine headaches.

For Metabolism

According to a study reported by the NY Times, capsaicin can help speed up metabolism by nearly 8 percent of a person’s average rate. The magical compound can also help increase feelings of being full. The Times reported that in Canadian research, study showed that people who were served appetizers with hot sauce consumed 200 fewer calories for their main course. Like black pepper and ginger, capsaicin can help burn calories immediately after eating a meal.

For the Heart

Keeping healthy cholesterol levels helps to protect your heart. Research shows that cultures in different parts of the world that incorporate capsaicin (spicy foods, peppers) have a reduced rate of stroke and heart attacks. Capsaicin not only helps to regulate cholesterol levels but also to help the body dissolve fibrin, which is the main cause of blood clots forming.

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