Capsaicin: 8 properties, benefits and uses

Capsaicin is the active ingredient of chili peppers (plants of the genus Capsicum).Capsaicin is derived from the metabolism of a fatty acid , it develops mainly in the glands located between the placenta and the wall of the chili pepper 

What is capsaicin and why use it

Capsaicin is now used in various clinical and preventive settings. More precisely, according to recent studies, capsicin could be useful:

  • In the treatment of inflammatory pain , often associated with autoimmune and auto-inflammatory diseases. It could be valuable in inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis;
  • Effective as an anti-inflammatory agent, especially if used topically;
  • In the treatment of joint pain;
  • In the treatment of neuropathic pain;
  • It can therefore exert an analgesic action;
  • For the cardiovascular system;
  • In the treatment of many respiratory and gastro-enteric diseases;
  • To improve physical endurance capabilities;
  • As a modest anticancer action;

Its use on the table

  • Adding a pinch of hot pepper makes beans, but also soups or brown rice with lentils or vegetables, tasty;
  • The chili pepper is very versatile: it enhances the flavors and gives personality to any dish. It can feel good with almost everything. You can indulge at will according to your personal tastes. It can be used fresh, dried, smoked, raw, cooked, to flavor and flavor any dish of meat, fish, pasta, etc. …
  • A pinch of chilli on hot chocolate gives it a Mexican flavor;
  • Spicy chilli and lemon juice give an extra touch to bitter vegetables like rich cabbage, cabbage and cabbage;

You can use the chili powder, which looks like chilli but is a mixture of spices, generally: chilli, curcuma, cumin, ginger, oregano.

Why Does It Make You Tear?

Once ingested, capsaicin triggers a series of protective reactions – with tears and nasal secretions – which aim to eliminate the irritating substance from the body.


If taken orally, chilli pepper can cause gastrointestinal side effects, such as abdominal pain and nausea . Topically, it can cause burning and irritation and can be dangerous if it comes into contact with the eyes.

Chili peppers can interact with many other drugs , such as theophylline, ACE inhibitors, sedatives, antidepressants and acetaminophen.

When using capsaicin creams, occlusive dressings should be avoided; as well as hot baths and showers before and after application because they increase the burning sensation.

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