Capsaicin and particularly cayenne pepper has been shown to kill prostate and lung cancer cells, believed to have the potential to fight diabetes and obesity, it increases the metobolic process, it increases energy, it is full of anti oxidants and vitamins... So? Anything wrong with consuming peppers or isolated capsaicin? Well... overuse (what is overuse? I don't know) of capsaicin can cause liver and stomach damage and in some rare cases, death.
Should we be eating something that has the potential to cause liver and stomach damage? Or kill us? If these are the major negative effects are there hidden effects that have not been uncovered? Like garlic, should we be concerned capsaicin could cause stomach lining damage or colon issues?
I haven't done any serious research on this subject. These are just some facts I have gathered. I know you brilliant people have some experience or additional information on this topic and I would LOVE TO HEAR IT!
I personally LOVE hot pepper, especially fresh jalepenos and dried powdered cayenne. I hope in moderation they are helpful and not hurting my body. But now that I am super clean fruity head I want to make sure I am eating only the best things for my body. SO--- What do you got?
I've been researching the general subject for 2 years now and I am fully convinced that what is bad for us is actually bad for us. For example, arsenic is a poison and whether you ingest a small amount or a large amount, it is still a poison. If you should ingest a small amount, you will no doubt survive but there will be an amount of damage done to the body either directly by the poison or just in the energy and resources used by the body to isolate and eliminate the poison from the body.
The same is true for hot peppers of any variety. They contain poisons which we generally refer to as toxins probably because it makes them sound less dangerous. In moderation, these poisons do only minimal or moderate damage to the body and as with some smokers who live to 100 on a pack a day, most of us will never notice the damage done. It is my firm belief that all of the claimed health benefits attributed to ingesting poisons are unfounded and arise from mistaking the body's efforts to eliminate the poison for some kind of medicinal benefit.
The $600 billion dollar pharmaceutical industry is based on this false notion and the western world's disease-ridden population attests to the effectiveness of this paradigm.
Great input John. Thanks. Yes- that makes sense. Our bodies react AGAINST the ingestion of hot peppers. We sweat, we get euphoric, our mouth hurts, our stomach burns... This can't be a GOOD reaction to food. And we are reacting that way because it is a poison. I have heard of athletes eating lots of hot peppers before working out, attempting to increase oxygen flow to the muscles. (Rather frightening thinking of working out with a belly full of hot peppers!) Similar use to performance enhancing drugs or the high of caffeine (and maybe cacao depending on your siding of the fence) - all of which are toxins . Hmm Hmm Hmm.. Well, this is what I feared! I am putting down the jalepenos. I will miss the high but I tend to agree "what is bad for us is actually bad for us".