Carolina Reaper Peppers
Carolina Reaper According to Guinness, The Carolina Reaper (a new strain of Scorpion Pepper ) now holds the record for the Hottest Chili Pepper on Earth. Although fresh peppers have a very short shelf life, the Carolina Reaper Puree lasts for years.
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Ingredient in Hot Peppers Medically Useful, Say Experts
And it’s exactly that endorphin rush that makes capsaicin an effective remedy for pain and other medical conditions, researchers say.
“The endorphins work to block the heat. The body produces them in response to the heat, which it senses as pain,” said Paul Bosland, co-founder and director of New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute.
“It’s used for all kinds of arthritis pain, as well as for neuropathic pain and dermatologic conditions that have a painful itch,” said Dr. Ashwin Mehta, director of integrative medicine at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine.
Capsaicin is also used by people with the skin disease psoriasis to decrease itching and inflammation, according to the university.
Some research has also suggested that capsaicin can also help with appetite suppression, but there are not yet any solid data to determine what role, if any, the chemical plays in weight loss.
Studies have also suggested that capsaicin may play help kill off prostate cancer cells.
“In test tubes, researchers found a correlation betwen increased cell death and capsaicin,” said Mehta.
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