Hot Peppers May Prevent Blood Clots, Heart Disease, and More

Studies show hot peppers may prevent blood clots and heart disease by increasing blood flow. It's all due to Capsaicin, the natural chemical that puts the "Hot" in hot peppers. While clinically proven to relieve headaches and sinus inflammation, capsaicin may also be key to a healthy heart.

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Albany, NY (PRWEB) February 10, 2004

For years now, doctors have been prescribing a daily dose of aspirin as a solid prevention tool against heart disease, but did you know that certain studies show hot peppers may be even more effective than aspirin when it comes to keeping heart?

It's all due to the natural chemical that puts the "Hot" in hot peppers. It's called Capsaicin, and it's been clinically proven to kill pain, stop headaches, and clear up chronic sinus conditions. Yet one of the greatest benefits of capsaicin is its' proven ability to increase blood flow thus preventing clotting and possibly heart disease in general.

Studies have shown that when ingested, capsaicin activates the body's circulation dramatically. Unlike drugs with speed like side effects, capsaicin promotes cirulatory blood flow through its' natural ability to conduct heat and inhibit nerve receptors that cause swelling and pain.

Several studies concentrating on gastrointestinal diseases have found that capsaicin also increases blood flow to the stomach and stimulates the production of digestive juices. One study in rats found evidence that capsaicin also protected against stomach damage caused by alcohol.

Furthermore, studies in animals along with the fact that gastric and colon cancer is uncommon in Latin America support the idea that capsaicin may also fight gastrointestinal related cancers.

A recent study on gastric disorders at Duke University, showed capsaicin may actually lead to a cure for certain intestinal diseases. The Duke team found that a specific nerve cell receptor appears to be necessary to initiate the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), findings they believe could change how physicians treat this disorder.

"IBD" is a general term given to a variety of chronic disorders in which the intestine becomes inflamed -- resulting in recurring abdominal cramps, pain and diarrhea. The cause of IBD is unknown, and it is believed that up to 2 million Americans suffer from this disorder.

The results of their studies could point toward a potential therapy aimed at blocking the receptor, known as vanilloid receptor type 1 (VR-1). Interestingly, the VR-1 is the receptor on sensory neurons that receives and transmits the heat and pain impulses felt when a person eats raw chili peppers.

"We know that immune modulators known as cytokines are responsible for the inflammation that is the hallmark of the disease, so research has focused on discovering a viral or bacterial trigger. However, our studies have shown that by blocking the VR-1 receptor, we can halt the development of IBD in an animal model," says Christopher Mantyh, M.D., Colorectal Surgeon and senior member of the Duke team.

It has long been accepted that sensory neurons within the intestinal system can play a role in the development of inflammation. The key to this process is Substance P, a neurotransmitter found in minute quantities in the human nervous system and intestines. It is primarily involved in the transmission of pain impulses, and is also a potent pro-inflammatory mediator in the intestines. In fact, Substance P is also the main cause for sinus congestion and headaches because it activates nerve receptors. Moreover, capsaicin has been clinically proven to deplete this Substance P within the human body.

Capsaicin actually stimulates the pain and heat response by binding itself to the VR-1 receptors, which with long term use, can rendor these neurons powerless. Just as long-time chili eaters find that prolonged consumption makes them immune to the heat of the peppers, over-stimulation of VR-1 receptors can cause them to become desensitized thus leading to a possible long term cure for many intestinal related diseases.

On the alternative medicine side, there's a popular capsaicin based drink that's being touted as an all around system cleaner. They call it "The Master Cleanser", and it's one of the most popular recipes on the web with one of it's main ingredients being cayenne pepper. Many Hollywood stars credit the Master Cleanser with maintaining their body's regularity, and for relieving many circulatory afflictions.

Robin Quivers of The Howard Stern Radio Show has lost 75 pounds, and regained her youthful energy since she started drinking the pepper based drink daily. Many insiders say Paris Hilton also credits the Master Cleanser with helping to maintain her toothpick thin figure. Users claim the concoction of water, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper also allieviates chronic stomach disorders, and helps to burn fat for prolonged periods.

Until now, the problem has been finding a way to get the most benefit from the smallest amount of capsaicin. Sure there are cayenne powders and pills available, but the actual capsaicin dose in these products is relatively weak, and far from fresh. So one company is coming out with a special all natural extract made from the purest resins of hot pepper plants. Unlike the powders and juices, this extract is made from the purest form of capsaicin available -- an actual resin taken directly from the plants.

The manufacturer of this pepper extract formula, SiCap Industries, is already on the cutting edge of the natural health industry with the introduction of their hot pepper nasal spray. The Sinus Buster is the world's first capsaicin based nasal spray, and it's already being widely accepted as the answer to many chronic allergies, sinus ailments, and headaches. Now SiCap is introducing a special concentrated capsaicin extract that can be added to a cup of tea, a glass of water, or practically any food or beverage.

"This new capsaicin supplement will be another first of its' kind for us. Basically you'll be able to put a few drops in your favorite drink, and get all the benefits of capsaicin without having to eat a ton of hot peppers. This product is aimed to help with circulatory blood flow, and

and to fight certain bacteria that can cause intestinal illness. It's a fabulous addition to any heart healthy nutritional plan," says Wayne Perry, President of SiCap Industries.

SiCap already has one stellar pepper supplement that is selling like mad throughout North America. There capsaicin based nasal spray is a real winner when it comes to relieving congestion and migraine headaches. It's also being used by runners, weight lifters, and boxers to clear their nasal airways, and as a boost for prolonged exercise.

Although SiCap's pepper boosting formula won't be available until mid April, their capsaicin nasal spray is presently avalable at (http://www.sinusbuster.com). Aside from relieving sinus and allergy related conditions such as sinusitis, the Sinus Buster capsaicin nasal spray also promotes blood flow to vessels running throughout the sinus and cranial regions. Many people claim long term use of this nasal spray has stopped their chronic headaches altogether.

"It makes sense that our nasal spray has a long term calming effect on chronic congestion related diseases since capsaicin is proven to promote blood flow. Just using our nasal spray everyday is probably enough to have a positive effect on your circulation since our formula is made with the purest form of capsaicin you can get. Our newest product, the liquid extract will simply be another extension of the nasal spray. You take a couple squirts of sinus buster everyday to keep your head and nose clear, and you put a couple drops of our extract in your favorite drink to keep your stomach and heart running right. The two will go hand in hand," says Bob Haines, Director of Marketing for SiCap Industries.

If you want to learn more about SiCap Industries and the world's first capsaicin nasal spray, go to the company website at (http://www.sinusbuster.com). Another interesting site that deals with the health discoveries of capsaicin is (http://www.pepperhealth.com)-- they have links to clinical trials, pepper products, and all kinds of health tips using nature's natural little heat generators.

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