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Chili Pepper Compound May Help Protect Stomach Walls From Helicobacter Bacteria (South Korea)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

Executive Summary

A South Korean scientist has found the chemical, capsaicin, may be a prospective method of eradicating helicobacter pylori bacteria. Capsaicin is the element which causes chili peppers to taste spicy. During the study, Yonsai Medical School Professor Lee Yong-chang and his team added capsaicin to the mucus gel layer that makes up the stomach lining. They then infected the mucus gel with helicobacter pylori bacteria. Results, published in the Helicobacter journal, showed high concentrations of capsaicin prevented the bacteria from damaging the stomach lining. (Click here for more



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