Common name: Capsaicin
CAS NO.: 404-86-4
Molecular Formula: C18-H27-N-O3
Molecular Weight: 305.42
Specification: 98% , 99%
Test method: HPLC
Storage: Store in cool and dry place and keep away from strong direct light and heat
Shelf Life: Two years when properly stored
What is Capsaicin?
Capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers, is so hot that it can make your mouth feel like it's on fire. This phytochemical exists in peppers, most likely, to deter animals from eating them, and is also the active component of pepper sprays used for self-defense. Yet for humans, when capsaicin is consumed in a somewhat diluted form, such as in hot sauce, chili peppers or cayenne peppers, it offers a myriad of health benefits.
Health Benefits of Capsaicin
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States with more than 230,000 new cases reported each year, according to "Cancer Research." Capsaicin can be a helpful component of a prostate cancer treatment plan because the substance is able to kill prostate cancer cells, according to the American Association for Cancer Research. Capsaicin may also help reduce the expression of proteins that control growth genes that cause malignant cells to grow. Human studies are limited, but capsaicin has shown promising results in rodent tests.
Capsaicin can be used topically and ingested. Topical ointments and creams containing capsaicin are helpful in relieving pain from many different conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, nerve pain and lower back pain, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. While capsaicin is not a cure for pain caused by these conditions, it does lower the amount of substance P, a chemical that helps transmit pain signals to the brain, when applied directly to the skin.
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Some studies have suggested that capsaicin may help suppress your appetite, leading to weight loss. There isn't a proven link between capsaicin and weight loss, however, because these studies have not looked at capsaicin in isolation, explains the University of Maryland Medical Center. Hot peppers are good sources of antioxidants and vitamins A and C, so adding some spice to your cooking still has benefits.