Is chilli pepper good for ulcer? Effects of capsaicin on stomach ulcers. Is red pepper good for ulcer?


Is capsicum good for ulcer?

👉Capsaicin is an active component of chili peppers, which are plants belonging to the genus Capsicum. It is the phytochemical responsible for the spiciness of peppers, is an irritant for mammals, including humans, and produces a sensation of burning in any tissue with which it comes into contact.

Is chilli pepper good for ulcer?
Is chilli pepper good for ulcer?

👉An ulcer is an open wound that can appear anywhere in the body, but generally refers to the type of open sore than can occur in the digestive tract. A gastric ulcer can cause pain, indigestion and other discomforts during mealtimes and after you eat.

🔹Most doctors will tell you to avoid spicy foods because they can irritate your stomach’s lining even more.

🔸Even Alasdair et al., (1981) remarked that hot and spicy food or long continued use of aspirin are the main causes of mild chronic gastritis breeding ulcer disease.

🔹Some people believe that “red pepper” popularly known as “Chilli,” a common spice consumed in excessive amounts leads to “gastric ulcers” in view of its irritant and likely acid secreting nature. Persons with ulcers are advised either to limit or avoid its use.

👉However, cayenne pepper (capsaicin), a spicy flavoring for foods, may actually have a positive effect on ulcers.While some believe that spicy food may cause stomach ulcers, a review paper has shown that the capsaicin in cayenne peppers may actually help reduce the risk of stomach ulcers.

Risk Factors of Stomach Ulcer Disease

🔸According to Bak-Romaniszyn et al., (2004), increasing of acid output, Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori), non steroidal anti- inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and stress are the basic risk factor in peptic ulcer disease.

🔹Ulcers are common among people who are in the habit of taking NSAIDS and are infected with the organism “Helicobacter Pylori,” responsible for excessive acid secretion and erosion of the mucosal layer.

Effect of Capsaicin on stomach ulcers

🔹Several studies found that capsaicin could have an anti-ulcer protective effect on stomachs infected with H. pylori by affecting the chemicals the stomach secretes in response to infection (Lee et al., 2007; Satyanarayana, 2006 and O’Mahony et al., 2005).

👉Investigations carried out in recent years have revealed that chilli or its active principle “capsaicin” is not the cause for ulcer formation but a “benefactor.” Capsaicin does not stimulate but inhibits acid secretion, stimulates alkali, mucus secretions and particularly gastric mucosal blood flow which help in prevention and healing of ulcers. Capsaicin acts by stimulating afferent neurons in the stomach and signals for protection against injury causing agents.

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-Adimchi Dike Adile
-Somy Wilson
-Okereke Soromfechi
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-Ogechi Demian

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