Just wondering how many of you have read about the diabetic research which is being done with Capsaicin, the natural ingredient contained in Hot Chili Peppers which makes them unbearably hot? This research has been going on since around 2006, but it still being heavily investigated. (There are many articles pertaining to this research online.)
Basically, some Canadian researchers injected the pancreases of diabetic mice with pure Capsaicin only to find that they were instantly (and permanently?) cured of insulin dependence. Here's some excerpts from one article, but there are many more in scientific journals:
In a discovery that has stunned even those behind it, scientists at a Toronto hospital say they have proof the body's nervous system helps trigger diabetes, opening the door to a potential near-cure of the disease that affects millions of Canadians.
Diabetic mice became healthy virtually overnight after researchers injected a substance to counteract the effect of malfunctioning pain neurons in the pancreas.
"I couldn't believe it," said Dr. Michael Salter, a pain expert at the Hospital for Sick Children and one of the scientists. "Mice with diabetes suddenly didn't have diabetes any more."
Suspecting a link between the nerves and diabetes, he and Dr. Salter used an old experimental trick -- injecting capsaicin, the active ingredient in hot chili peppers, to kill the pancreatic sensory nerves in mice that had an equivalent of Type 1 diabetes.
"Then we had the biggest shock of our lives," Dr. Dosch said. Almost immediately, the islets began producing insulin normally "It was a shock ? really out of left field, because nothing in the literature was saying anything about this."
The researchers are now setting out to confirm that the connection between sensory nerves and diabetes holds true in humans. If it does, they will see if their treatments have the same effects on people as they did on mice.
Nothing is for sure, but "there is a great deal of promise," Dr. Salter said.
I've chopped up the article to shorten it, but you can read the whole thing here: