Capsaicin: Positives, Negatives, Dosages and Interactions

Capsaicin
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What is Capsaicin?

Capsaicin is a natural component found in the Capsicum Genus which is a plant commonly known as chili peppers. It gives a burning sensation to your tongue and so it is considered an irritant for humans. It also produces a burning sensation in any tissue which it comes in contact with. Capsaicin is very helpful for fat and weight loss*, pure capsaicin is a colorless, hydrophobic, odorless, crystalline, and volatile to waxy compound.

Where Does Capsaicin Come From?

Capsaicin makes certain foods spicy and hot, it is present in chili peppers in varying amounts depending upon the species such as cayenne, tobacco or spur peppers, red peppers, jalapenos and pepperoncini. These species contain high amount of capsaicin. Sweet peppers also contain capsaicin though they are not hot and spicy. The amount is less than in hot peppers, but they still are a good source of capsaicin if consumed regularly.

Health Benefits of Capsaicin

Modern research shows that capsaicin rich peppers are very beneficial for health. It is known for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Capsaicin can improve* your metabolism; topical capsaicin ointment or cream can help relieve pain from neuralgia, surgery, shingles, arthritis, cluster headaches, mouth sores and psoriasis caused by radiation and chemotherapy therapy. Capsaicin also reduces* the risk factors that cause heart disease. In a recent study in Cell Metabolism it is shown that capsaicin improves* heart health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in the body.

Capsaicin Fat Loss Benefits

Eating food seasoned with capsaicin rich hot peppers can also help you to eat less and lose* weight. According to a recent study, people who ate chili peppers thrice a day burned more fat, this is because Capsaicin has thermogenic properties. Supplement made up of capsaicin is capable of burning fat in individuals. Another interesting fact is that if it is consumed with a meal it increases* total energy use and carbohydrate oxidation while slowing down lipid oxidation for a short time period.

What are the Potential Side Effects of Capsaicin?

Besides its important health benefits capsaicin can also cause various side effects. If a person inhales the dried residue from medication sneezing, coughing, throat irritation and watery eyes may occur. You can use this medication if your doctor has recommended it by judging that the benefits that it gives are much better than its side effects. Immediately stop using it if you start experiencing severe side effects such as swelling, blistering or increased unusual pain at the application site.

Recommended Doses and Timing for Capsaicin

Be very careful while taking Capsaicin doses, 135 mg in a day has been found effective in increasing* thermogenesis. Taking this dose regularly may even cause a significant increase* in weight loss*. Take it with meals multiple times a day or use it according to the instructions on the product’s label.

Capsaicin Supplements

Many dietary supplements contain capsaicin that improves* your digestion. It increases* digestive fluids in the stomach and it may also relieve diarrhea caused by bacterial infection. Fat burners also contain Capsaicin.

Capsaicin Interactions

Before using this product share the list of medications that you already take. If you take class 1 antiarrhythmic drugs such as procainamide, mexiletine and quinidine tell your doctor to avoid any kind of adverse effects.

Conclusion

Experts of United States consider capsaicin as safe but it can cause some uncommon side effects, people who are not used to it suffers more. Take in a suitable amount and increase* the amount gradually as you get used to it.

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