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Fresh Chili Peppers (Capsaicin)

The chili pepper (also chile pepper or chilli pepper, from Nahuatl chīlli is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. In Australia, Britain, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and in other Asian countries, it is usually known simply as chilli.

The substances that give chili peppers their intensity when ingested or applied topically are capsaicin and several related chemicals, collectively called capsaicinoids.

It is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact. Capsaicin and several related compounds are called capsaicinoids and are produced as secondary metabolites by chili peppers, probably as deterrents against certain mammals and fungi.

Protective Factor
2 effects
Measured in serving

Interesting Facts

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Prior to the introduction of spices from the Far East, European food was bland and by many accounts spoiled. Chili Pepper and other spices excited and awoke the European palate, and covered the rank flavor and offensive aroma of bad food. The discovery of chilies, adaptable to a variety of climates and easy to cultivate, meant that the world had a piquant alternative to black pepper.

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Capsaicin is considered a safe and effective topical analgesic agent in the management of arthritis pain, herpes zoster-related pain, diabetic neuropathy, mastectomy pain, and headaches

Caution

High capsaicin intake has significantly negative health outcomes (risk of gastric cancer) different from the protection that low consumption offers. This means low daily intake is benefitial while high daily intake increases your risk of mortality

Recommended Dosage

Recommended daily low intake (less than 100 mg of capsaicin per kilogram of food)

Fresh Chili Peppers (Capsaicin) Health Benefits

OutcomesEffectEvidenceReferences

Alzheimer's disease Brain outcome

Notable Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Dementia Brain outcome

Notable Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Upper respiratory tract infection Respiratory outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

Colorectal Cancer Digestive outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Pancreatic cancer Digestive outcome

Minor Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Fat Oxidation Musculoskeletal outcome
Fat Oxidation
Musculoskeletal

Notable Increase

Evidence: Low

1 study

Obesity Musculoskeletal outcome
Obesity
Musculoskeletal

Minor Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Type 2 Diabetes Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Bladder cancer Urinary outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Mortality Musculoskeletal outcome
Mortality
Musculoskeletal

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

Stomach cancer (Gastric cancer) Digestive outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

Coronary Heart Disease (Ischaemic Heart Disease) Cardiovascular outcome
Coronary Heart ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Immune system Lymphatic outcome
Immune system
Lymphatic

Strong Increase

Evidence: High

1 study

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) Respiratory outcome

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Cardiovascular Disease Cardiovascular outcome
Cardiovascular ...
Cardiovascular

Strong Decrease

Evidence: High

1 study

Pneumonia Respiratory outcome
Pneumonia
Respiratory

Strong Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Influenza (flu) Lymphatic outcome

Strong Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Chronic kidney disease  Urinary outcome

Strong Increase

Needs research

1 study

Fall Musculoskeletal outcome
Fall
Musculoskeletal

Strong Increase

Needs research

1 study

Stroke Brain outcome
Stroke
Brain

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

2 studies

Cancer Lymphatic outcome
Cancer
Lymphatic

Notable Decrease

Evidence: High

2 studies

Diabetes Lymphatic outcome
Diabetes
Lymphatic

Strong Decrease

Needs research

1 study

Sexual Dysfunction Reproductive outcome
Sexual Dysfunction
Reproductive

Strong Decrease

Evidence: Low

1 study

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