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Will Chili Peppers be the ‘Fix’ for Gastrointestinal Afflictions?

“Come on ice cream!” is the punch line from an old Abbott and Costello comedy routine.

Lou Costello, the funny one, apparently was having “digestion” problems and was constipated. Bud Abbott, the straight man, suggested to Lou that he eat some chili peppers as they would aid Lou’s problem.

Lou ate several chili peppers and complained of how spicy hot they were. Abbott suggested he eat some ice cream to cool down his throat.

Several hours later, Lou was in the bathroom — constipation finally fixed. Bud could hear him through the closed door, yelling: “Come on ice cream!”

Maybe Bud’s advice about the ice cream wasn’t useful, but the suggestion of eating chili peppers to relieve gastrointestinal problems was right on target.

In research that has even gotten the attention of skeptical scientists, a cure for diabetes and gastrointestinal afflictions may be on the horizon.

According to Healthline.com, 30,000 individuals are diagnosed with a new case of diabetes annually. If the research is accurate, three-million people, already afflicted by see relief soon.

The conclusions reached by researchers is upending conventional wisdom. Scientists and health care providers have long believed that Type 1 Diabetes was caused by autoimmune responses — only. Thinking there might be a connection between the body’s nervous system and diabetes, Doctor Michael Salter injected capsaicin to kill pancreatic sensory nerves in rodents which had Type 1 Diabetes.

As they watched, researchers saw the mice begin producing insulin normally.


Despite the reputation, chile peppers can also soothe inflamed intestines. Compared to the rest of the body which considers outside intruders with a “search-and-destroy” set, the stomach is selective. As the stomach insists on helping the body refuel, outside material is offered digested as food.

As the gut’s immune system acts more like the rest of the body, the guy becomes inflamed and attacks cell structure, resulting in illness. Celiac and Crohns are just two of the gut’s immune system responses. The inflammation of the intestine leaves the victim in severe pain and a greater risk for colon cancer. As scientists seek ways to “quiet” the immune system, successful treatment might be possible.

Here’s where diabetes and capsaicin come in. Immune cells, subjected to chili pepper, act like cells subjected to higher room temperatures.

As our cells aren’t exposed directly to capsaicin when a spicy-hot meal is consumed, capsaicin puts immune cells — the ones that trigger inflammation — into a sort of hibernation.

In the case of the mice, they stopped displaying diabetic-like problems.

It may still be a few months — or years — before human studies are begun. Once they are, pillows may be embroidered with “Come on ice cream” and sold in the hospital’s gift shop.