Capsicum For Stomach Ulcers
What happens if you take cayenne pepper for stomach ulcers? If you suffer from a peptic or duodenal ulcer, the last thing you might want to consider taking is hot Cayenne Pepper. This goes against everything you’ve ever heard about what aggravates an ulcer. The facts would tell you that most “spicy” foods do just the opposite. However, studies have shown that the capsicum contained in cayenne peppers can reduce the pain associated with ulcers of the stomach. Capsicum also serves as a local anesthetic to ulcerated tissue in the stomach and can even help to control bleeding in the stomach.
Although some people suffer from gastric distress after eating hot peppers or spicy food, this is not the same issue suffered by people with gastric ulcers. Spicy food does not normally cause the formation of gastric ulcers in normal people. However, the avoidance of any spicy foods or peppers by those suffering from gastric ulcers ironically keeps them from consuming the one food that might actually help. Taking Capsicum may actually significantly reduce the risk of ever developing a gastric ulcer. A Chinese study published in 1995 stated, “Our data supports the hypothesis that the chile used has a protective effect against peptic ulcer disease.”
Medical studies have shown that capsicum inhibits the production of stomach acid, has an alkalizing effect, stimulates blood flow to the stomach and stimulates mucus secretions in the stomach. All of these have the effect of preventing or aiding in the healing of gastric ulcers.
Another study followed volunteers for 4 weeks while taking aspirin and capsicum at the same time. The study showed the capsicum actually had protective qualities that prevented aspirin-induced gastric ulcers.
It was once believed that spicy foods and stress were the main causes of peptic ulcers. But after careful study, researchers were able to determine that most ulcers are caused by a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H, pylori). H. pylori attack the mucus that protects tissues in the stomach and small intestines, and then lives and multiplies within the mucous membrane. The lack of mucus allows the bacteria and stomach acid to attack the lining of the stomach and the result is an ulcer. Capsicum can stimulate the production of mucus in the lining of the stomach and can be somewhat of a protective mechanism against H. pylori. If you have an H. pylori infection your doctor will prescribe antibiotics and bismuth to kill the bacteria. The doctor may also prescribe H2 blockers to decrease the acid in your stomach while the stomach lining heals.
Capsicum can be consumed in foods are made into a tea by adding to hot water and sipping. Surprisingly, when taken as a tea there is not a spicy or hot sensation. The recommended dose is one cup of hot tea in the morning and one again in the evening.
So there seems to be some medical evidence that capsicum contained in cayenne and other chili peppers may be effective in the prevention and healing of gastic ulcers.
If you have used capsicum to treat your ulcers, let us know your experience in the comments section.