Fact or Fiction: The Fiery Health Benefits of Capsicum

2. Capsicum for Pain Relief

According to research from WebMD, certain forms of capsicum are currently being studied as effective pain treatments for stomach pain, toothache, and even as a topical pain treatment on skin ailments (i.e., shingles, nerve pain, and arthritis).

In preliminary studies published by the National Institutes of Health, capsaicin appears to effectively reduce pain when applied directly to the skin. The double blind study conducted on 70 patients with osteoarthritis showed that capsicum topical cream was a safe and effective treatment for inflammation and arthritis pain.

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