Capsaicin for Diabetes

Capsaicin is a chemical compound found in chilli peppers and in others plants belonging to the genus capsicum. Capsaicin and similar compounds known as capsaicinoids are known to be irritants of the human skin and cause a severe burning sensation. Overdose of capsaicin can also prove lethal. However, researchers have discovered that the use of capsaicin for diabetes can help bring the blood sugar levels in control and can also help cure type I diabetes. The finding has been verified by application on mice. Mice are the most common subjects in laboratories for testing medications and vaccinations. During the study, the gene causing diabetes was induced in the constitution of a mice using DNA recombinant technology. The type I diabetes, which is the more serious form of diabetes found in humans and generally surfaces during the early childhood was successfully cured in such mice by regularly injecting them with capsaicin. Research is on to study the effects of consumption of capsaicin for diabetes control.

Proper research for the potential of capsaicin is necessary before it is introduced as a possible cure for diabetes. The biggest challenge in the research is to find a generalized result which can be applied to all diabetic patients. Each diabetic patient responds differently to different edible objects. A particular compound may be a possible controlling agent for one diabetic patient, while the same product may also act as an aggravating agent in another diabetic patient. For many diabetic patients, a combination of two or more products has been beneficial.

Many patients suffering from type II diabetes have reported controlled blood sugar levels upon consumption of chilli peppers once daily.  The reason for capsaicin acting in this way for diabetes patients is still unknown. Few researchers claim that capsaicin treats the damaged pancreatic cells of the body which are the primary reason for diabetes. Many researchers assert that capsaicin digests fibrin which is an inflammatory protein which has the capability to muck up cells, thereby causing scarring. It also causes blood cells to stick to each other, hence causing clumping. The reason behind this assertion is the fact that fibrin is mucus and hot peppers which contain capsaicin dissolve mucus. This is evident by the fact that your nose may run when you eat a lot of hot peppers.  Research is also on to study the duration till which the effect stays. Capsaicin can cure diabetes has been proved, but whether the diabetes would return again or will end forever is a debatable point with no conclusion in near sight. Though these assertions have not been verified medically, these are being accepted by the medical fraternity.

Till complete medicals evidences are out about the possible effects of using capsaicin for diabetes control, it remains a home remedy for keeping diabetes in control. Hot peppers stir fried in oil are consumed by many diabetic patients. Habanero peppers have been found to be the most effective peppers in treating diabetes. It is believed that the hotter the pepper, the better is its effect. This is because of the reason that a hotter pepper would have more capsaicin and hence a more pronounced effect. Capsaicin for diabetes control is beneficial and its consumption is advised, though it is also warned that an overdose of capsaicin can be harmful and even lethal. Small controlled amount of capsaicin can be taken during diabetes; however, it is always advised to consult your family doctor once in case you have allergies to peppers or other compounds.

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