New research has shown that hot chilies might help people suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is a serious autoimmune condition, which affects the bowels. Currently, there are around 3 million people in the United States suffering from this condition, and every year there are more than 70,000 new cases diagnosed. The rising rates of this disease might be due to many factors, such as the environment, diet as well as improvement of diagnostics.
…there are around 3 million people in the United States suffering from this condition, and every year there are more than 70,000 new cases diagnosed.
Another factor that might cause IBD is change’s in your gut microbiome. Improving the gut microbiome can play a significant role in reducing or eliminating the symptoms of IBD, however, research has shown that capsaicin and endocannabinoids can play a role in reducing symptoms.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
IBD is a chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract, which is caused by an autoimmune reaction. IBD results in symptoms like ulcerations, vomiting, bloody diarrhea and weight loss. It can lead to life-threatening condition since the body is losing blood, fluids and vitamins and minerals. IBD has two types- Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Ulcerative colitis usually affects the lining of large intestines, but Crohn’s disease affects the entire digestive tract. In both conditions, the immune system reacts to normal substances in the intestines as a foreign material and attacks it.
Ulcerative colitis usually affects the lining of large intestines, but Crohn’s disease affects the entire digestive tract.
Why might hot chilies help?
Recently, researchers have found incredible results with capsaicin, the substance which makes chili peppers hot. When the mice were fed capsaicin, they had less inflammation in their gut. Also, some of the mice were cured of the mouse type 1 diabetes. The physiological action is believed to be that the capsaicin acts on receptors which cause a local production of anandamide. This substance acts through cannabinoid receptor 2, which increases the number of immune macrophages in the gut. This substance controls the appetite and energy balance through the nervous system in the intestinal tract. Research has found that the anandamide and endocannabinoids play a role in regulating immune tolerance in the gut and maintain immune homeostasis.
Recently, researchers have found incredible results with capsaicin, the substance which makes chili peppers hot.
The cannabis plant is majorly known for two major ingredients- tetrahydrocannabinol, which has the psychoactive properties and cannabidiol which has an effect on the body, which may counteract the psychoactive effects of THC. In the latest year, there have been evidence on these substances to act as antidepressants, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and neuroprotectors. For these reasons, it is believed that medicinal marijuana can bring benefits to the body.
The university of Vermont has found that people who ate hot chili peppers have an astonishing 13% reduction in risk of death from heart disease and stroke. The main benefits of the chilies are the result of capsaicin mechanisms, especially in the gut. The gut-brain connection is one of the main reasons why your intestines react to stress, and how this chronic condition actually affects your emotional well-being. Better yet, the side effects of CBD oil and other preparations are very low and even less than the current treatments for ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.