What is Capsaicin?

Filed in Chile Pepper News, Health Benefits by on February 14, 2017

Substituting Powders, Pastes, and SaucesIf you’re a proper chili head, then you know all about capsaicin. But (if you can believe it), there are still plenty of people that just don’t know how incredible capsaicin is. And that’s a little sad because it’s brimming with more than fire – its got plenty of healing properties too. Just being a chili head may have the power to help you  live longer, be happier and healthier too. Now’s the time to start considering what’s so special about capsaicin; there’s a lot more to it than you think. So what is Capsaicin?

Capsaicin Is Odorless – capsaicin is the active compound found in chili peppers that gives them their burning heat. But, one of the biggest misconceptions about capsaicin is that it has a burning flavor. Capsaicin is odorless – and that means that it’s tasteless; it has no flavor whatsoever. What you taste when you eat a chili pepper, or hot sauce, is the flesh of the chili and whatever its been blended with. Lack of smell doesn’t mean you can’t sense it in other ways. Elephants, for example, are known to make a hasty retreat when chili peppers are in front of them. And, obviously, you’ll feel it if pepper spray (which is made from capsaicin extracts) comes into contact with your eyes. But capsaicin has nothing to do with your taste buds; instead it impacts the pain receptors in your body.

It’s Good for a Natural High – as the capsaicin found in super hot sauces bypasses your taste buds and heads for the pain receptors in your system, your body has no choice but to react. First, it recognizes capsaicin as causing pain (though it’s not actually burning anything). After that, your brain gives you the tools to better deal with the pain you’re experiencing; it releases endorphins and other happy hormones. So, you feel incredible for awhile after consuming capsaicin. Not many things can do that without truly hurting you; the list includes activities such as an extended run or jumping out of airplanes. We suggest trying all of these, though we’re pretty sure that eating super hot sauces is the only one you can do every day.

Few Natural Substances Offer So Many Health Benefits – capsaicin works miracles. And while the most obvious one is the transformation of any meal into an event, that’s hardly the only benefit you’ll be excited about. Capsaicin has been known to alleviate headaches and the symptoms of the flu. It’s also been shown to help your body ward off ulcers, heart disease and possibly even diabetes. Of course, if that’s not enough for you, then consider that capsaicin has also been found to prompt cancer cells to commit suicide. Seriously. A lot of the medicinal benefits of capsaicin are still in the research stages, but if you keep your eyes open, you’ll see that a lot of studies are releasing their positive findings on a regular basis. Do you really want to miss the boat if scientists discover that eating capsaicin-rich foods (like Mad Dog super hot sauces) for years promotes the longest life you can lead? Probably not.

Now that you know just how special capsaicin can be isn’t it time you started working it into your diet? We think so too. And, we’re also sure that you want to get your capsaicin fix through super hot sauces like the Mad Dog Collector’s Edition or the Mad Dog Scorpion Hot Sauce. Why? Well, it’s a lot easier than preparing fresh chilies. After all, you may not be able to taste capsaicin, but you’ll certainly feel it on your hands. And we’re sure you don’t want to go that far for your love and fix of capsaicin.

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