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What is Capsicum Extract?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated: May 17, 2024

Also known as cayenne or chili pepper extract, capsicum extract is a simple extract that is prepared by combining some type of crushed hot peppers with white vinegar or some type of oil. The product is said to work as a catalyst with other nutrients, as well as provide nourishment for the heart. Along with a concentrated capsicum liquid, the extract can be used to create capsules that are said to aid in digestion and also help with weight loss efforts.

One of the main benefits claimed for capsicum extract and other products made with cayenne pepper is its ability to help burn calories, stabilize blood sugar levels, and provide nourishment for the heart. When added to hot green tea, the liquid extract can be used to calm jangled nerves and restore a sense of vitality. Since cayenne pepper is loaded with a number of vitamins and minerals, the extract is a great way to nourish the body, helping to minimize the hunger pangs that are often part of any diet plan.

Externally, capsicum extract in liquid form can be used to help slow bleeding from an open wound. Saturating a clean bandage with the extract then applying it directly to the wound will feed the damaged skin, and cause blood to rush to the vessels surrounding the area of broken skin. This action not only helps to reduce the flow of blood from the wound, but also promotes faster healing of the open wound.

In capsule or pill form, capsicum extract is normally coated, making it possible to release the properties of the product into the system at a slower rate. This helps to lessen the possibility of stomach discomforts that could result if the whole capsicum diet pill were to break down quickly. In addition, the slow release coating makes it possible for the body to absorb the nutrients at a steady pace, prolonging the sense of well being that often comes with the consumption of capsicum.

While currently being touted as a weight loss supplement, capsicum extract is also an excellent means of providing additional vitamins A and C, as well as significant amounts of potassium, rutin, and zinc. When used in conjunction with other supplements, the product can help increase the efficiency of their absorption into the system, allowing the individual to enjoy the benefits of the supplements with greater ease. Care should be taken in using the product, especially if the individual takes various types of prescription or over the counter medication that have blood thinning properties.

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Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including WiseGeek, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By anon228305 — On Nov 08, 2011

Just take a chance and try one. It's not like it will cause you to grow two heads.

By googlefanz — On Dec 11, 2010

Did you know that capsicum fruit extract is the same thing they put in mace, or pepper spray? Of course, it's a different kind of extract than the one put in the edible extracts and herbal supplements, but same family of herb.

I personally can't stand to take capsicum extract -- when I was little my mom used to put it on my fingers to keep me from biting my nails, and ever since that I have loathed it. Of course, I don't bite my nails anymore either, but still...

Did any of you guys have to have that horrible stuff on your fingers when you were little? I hated it!

By EarlyForest — On Dec 10, 2010

I am a little bit of a capsicum fruit extract skeptic, because I have heard it touted as a remedy for so many different things.

I mean, seriously, google capiscum extract and you'll see it presented as a cure for digestion, diarrhea, cramps, high cholesterol, poor blood clotting, bad circulation, toothache, arthritis, HIV and alcoholism (no kidding!).

I'm sure that it does have some great benefits, and I bet that it is really wonderful as a natural medication for some things, but surely it can't be effective for all of those things, right?

It seems kind of like one of those medicinal extracts and herbal tinctures that starts out preventing colds and then ends up being sold as the cure for cancer, kind of like how echinacea extract was a few years back.

But then, maybe I'm too cynical -- what do you think?

By musicshaman — On Dec 08, 2010

I have always wondered what this supplement or extract tasted like. I can't stand spicy things, and I know that capiscum comes from those crazy spice peppers, so I really don't know if I could hack it.

I would also think that it could make your stomach hurt, since mine always does when I eat spicy foods. I mean, I know that they say its supposed to aid in digestion, but how can it do that if spicy foods are so hard on people's stomachs?

So although it has so many great benefits, I really hesitate to take it since I'm just so afraid of its spiciness. Can anybody reading this tell me if you've taken something like this, and whether you had any ill effects from it?

Thanks for the info -- I'm new to this whole herbal supplement thing, the only herbs or medicinal natural things like that I've ever taken is a little echinacea extract.

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