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Capsicum, the peppers, is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family Solanaceae. Its species are native to the Americas, where they have been cultivated for thousands of years. It’s familiar appearance of green, yellow, or red, along with it’s bell shaped posture also lends to its common name, the bell pepper.

The five most common domesticated species of pepper are are domesticated: C. annuum, C. baccatum, C. chinense, C. frutescens, and C. pubescens. Many varieties of the same species can be used in many different ways; for example, C. annuum includes the “bell pepper” variety, which is sold in both its immature green state and its red, yellow, or orange ripe state.

Capsicum can be purchased in their natural state, and also as a supplement extract.

The Bottom Line – Capsicum is a popular, and edible food that is usually found in a bell shape consisting of green, yellow, red, or orange color.

Capsicum Extract Health Benefits

Sweet peppers Capsicum annuum L. (C. annuum) are an excellent source of vitamins A and C as well as phenolic compounds, which are important antioxidant components that may reduce the risk of diseases. They also contain anti-inflammatory compounds and flavonoids that may contribute to heart health.

Below is a list of the possible benefits we’ve found:

Capsicum Extract can boost immunity

Capsicum contains vitamin C, which is valued as an immune supportive bioactive phytochemical. It helps in strengthening the immune system, repairing damaged brain tissues, and lowering the risk of oxidative stress, pediatric asthma, and cancer. It can also improve bone health.

Capsicum Extract can help to fight off free radicals

Capsicum contains phenol and flavonoids which are antioxidants. Antioxidants can help fight off free radicals in the body which have been attributed to various health issues and diseases such as cancer, heart disease, brain damage, and neurological conditions. [1]

Capsicum Extract can improve blood circulation

Capsicum is a great source of Vitamin K which is an essential vitamin that plays a vital role in in blood clotting, bone metabolism, and regulating blood calcium levels. The body needs vitamin K to produce prothrombin, a protein and clotting factor that is important in blood clotting and bone metabolism.  [2]

Capsicum Extract can help burn fat

Chili pepper is generally used as a flavoring spice and is prominent in diets of various communities and cultures worldwide since 7000BC, with a long history of flavoring, coloring, preserving food as well as medication. In chili pepper, more than 200 active constituents have been identified and some of its active constituents play multiple roles in the whole body, this includes the ability to increase weight loss.

One recent clinical study showed that 9 mg of capsinoid for 8 weeks could increase BAT activity and increase thermogenesis in healthy subjects. The results suggest that dietary capsaicin consumption could have a beneficial effect for weight management, by reducing energy intake and activation of BAT activity. (BAT brown adipose tissue is one of two types of fat that humans and other mammals have. Its main function is to turn food into body heat which can result in weight loss) [3]

How To Use Capsicum Extract

Capsicum is usually consumed as a food, however, you can purchase capsicum supplements made from hot peppers, like cayenne and jalapeño, and paprika.

The most common methods of taking Capsicum Extract are:

  1. Capsicum Peppers
  2. Capsule

General guidelines are to take 1-2 tablets per day of 500mg.

Are There Any Foods That Contain Capsicum Extract?

Capsicum itself is a naturally growing food that can be purchased from supermarkets globally.

Capsicum Extract Side Effects List

Consuming capsicum generally does not come with any side effects, however, consuming the hot peppers related to the bell pepper in extract form can lead to the following.

  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Abdominal irritation

Is Capsicum Extract Safe?

Capsicum is very safe to consume, however we offer the following recommendations below.

  • If you are pregnant and/or breastfeeding: We do not advise usage; the safety of capsaicin during pregnancy has not been established.
  • If you’re a child under the age of 18: We do not advise usage; the safety of capsaicin for children has not been established.

Has Capsicum Been Linked To Any Deaths?

Capsicum Extract has not been linked to any deaths.

The Bottom Line – Capsicum is a healthy food that can be consumed by all persons.

Where Can I Buy Capsicum Extract & Do I Need A Prescription?

Capsicum can be purchased without the need for prescription online or in good health food stores.


Capsicum Extract is a healthy, naturally occurring food, also available as an extracted capsule, that can be consumed by all persons and can help to reduce free radicals, improve blood circulation, and even boost the immune system as it is rich in vitamins A, C, and K.

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