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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

BBC News: 'Hot' substance in chilli peppers key to killing pain?

BBC News: 'Hot' substance in chilli peppers key to killing pain

Studying chilli peppers is helping scientists create a new type of painkiller which could stop pain at its source.

A team at the University of Texas says a substance similar to capsaicin, which makes chilli peppers hot, is found in the human body at sites of pain.

And blocking the production of this substance can stop chronic pain, the team found.

They report their findings in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Capsaicin is the primary ingredient in hot chilli peppers which causes a burning sensation.

It does this by binding to receptors present on the cells inside the body.

Similarly, when the body is injured, it releases capsaicin-like substances - fatty acids called oxidized linoleic acid metabolites or OLAMs - and these, via receptors, cause pain, the researchers have found.

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1 comment:

  1. This is interesting.
    My daughter ran track in college, and because they trained on the same field as the football players.. I remember her telling me that most of the football players chewed snuff, and they told her that the reason was the snuff burned so much.. it took their minds off the pain from playing football -- which was brutal -- and re-focused it on the snuff.

    I know this isn't the same.. but it brought back memories...

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