For centuries, hot peppers have been credited with mysterious medicinal properties due to their unique ability to produce natural heat. Throughout history, hot peppers have been used to fight topical pain, headaches and even heart attacks, but today nature's tasty heat generators are also being used to treat common allergy symptoms.
Although Capsaicin is the main chemical found in hot peppers, there are four other Capsaicinoids that make up their spicy essence. Dihydrocapsaicin, Nordihydrocapsaicin, Homodihydrocapsaicin and Homocapsaicin are also irritants just like their cousin, and they all work together to produce a powerful thermal heat action exclusive to hot peppers.
The amount of capsaicinoids present in a specific pepper plant directly determines the level of heat in the fruit and seeds. While some capsicum pepper varieties such as Paprika are low in capsaicinoid concentration, hotter varieties such as Habanera contain much higher levels.
Over the past few years, a nasal spray made with natural hot pepper extract has been sweeping the consumer allergy marketplace. Known as "Sinus Buster", this strangely spicy product is being recommended by a growing number of pharmacists and doctors.
"I've been recommending Sinus Buster to my patients for several years now, and the results have been phenomenal," says Dr. Gary Spector, an internal medicine specialist from Connecticut.
Dr. Spector was one of the first physicians in the country to begin using hot pepper nasal spray, and today many of his patients swear by this spicy natural remedy.
The manufacturer of Sinus Buster, SiCap Industries has been growing by leaps and bounds since they introduced the world's first capsaicin pepper nasal spray nearly four years ago.
"We started in 2004 with a handful of health food stores and a small internet business. Today Sinus Buster is sold in more than two thousand stores. In fact we're in a number of supermarket and drug store chains, and we just landed a deal with Vitamin World which has nearly 600 stores. Everywhere Sinus Buster sells, the stores can barely keep it on the shelves. We're also about to launch on cvs.com which is hopefully the first step to getting CVS stores. This is a product whose time has come," says Wayne Perry, president of SiCap Industries.
According to Perry, sales have skyrocketed in the southeast due to one of the worst spring allergy seasons ever, and as global warming trends continue to affect the climate, consumers are being devastated by allergies like never before.
"People who've never had allergy problems are now suffering from a variety of symptoms, and until pepper nasal spray came along their only choice for any kind of relief has been drugs that simply mask symptoms without providing true relief," adds Perry.