Hot Pepper Helps Provide Pain Relief For IBS Sufferers
An estimated 50 million people in the United States come down with food poisoning every year. And though thousands do die each year from food poisoning, most live to eat another day.
A hidden epidemic now coming to light is the fact that up to 10 percent of those who suffer a bout of food poisoning develope a postinfectious functional gastrointestinal disorder (PI-FGID), such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and chronic indigestion.
Enter Red Cayenne Pepper to the rescue
Transcript: Cayenne Pepper for Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Chronic Indigestion
Nearly 50 million Americans come down with food poisoning every year. Over a hundred thousand are hospitalized and thousands die every year just because of something they ate. If they had ordered something different or chosen something else at the grocery store, they or their loved one would be alive today. But in the vast majority of cases food poisoning cases manifest as little more than a case of “stomach flu,” a few days of pain, vomiting, diarrhea and then it’s gone. So what’s the big deal?
Well, as described in this recent editorial in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, in many cases that acute infection can trigger a chronic “postinfectious functional gastrointestinal disorder” that can last for years or even forever, the two most common of which are irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia, which is chronic indigestion.
Conclusions: “The results of this preliminary study indicate that the chronic administration of red pepper powder in IBS patients with enteric-coated pills was significantly more effective than placebo in decreasing the intensity of abdominal pain and bloating and was considered by the patients more effective than placebo, suggesting a novel way of dealing with this frequent and distressing functional disease.”