Chilli pepper, the spice used to add heat to any dish was found to have beneficial effects on liver damage. The study conducted by European Association found that capsaicin, a compound present is chilli pepper was found to reduce the activation of hepatic stellate cells (HSCs) in mice models. HSCs are the major cell type involved in liver fibrosis, which is the formation of scar tissue in response to liver damage. The mice were divided into two groups where the bile duct of the experimental mice was obstructed by a procedure, Bile duct ligation (BDL), leading to bile accumulation and liver fibrosis in one group and another group was infused with carbon tetrachloride treatment (CCl4), one of the most potent hepatotoxins. Capsaicin partially reduced liver damage in the BDL mice and inhibited further progression of the injury. In the other group of CCl4-treated mice, capsaicin prevented further liver damage but did not reduce the fibrosis when it was already established. The results support the need for further investigation into capsaicin for the treatment and prevention of liver injury and fibrosis. Source: Medindia << Your Brain Structure Can be Damaged by Prolonged Exposure to... Turmeric – Indian Spice can Help Treat Oral Cancer, Good for... >> Recommended Reading Fibroscan for Fatty Liver Cirrhosis and Fibrosis Recently, Fibroscan has incorporated the noninvasive Controlled Attenuation Parameter technique to estimate the degree of fatty infiltration in the liver. READ MORE Liver can be Damaged by Cinnamon Recent researches show that cinnamon is harmful for liver. In olden days cinnamon was not just a spice it was even used as currency and is known to have unmatched aphrodisiacal prowess. READ MORE Current Treatments for Liver Cancer Current Treatments for Liver Cancer (also known as hepatoma or hepatocellular carcinoma) can result in complete cure of the disease if it is detected early. READ MORE Lethal Liver Cancer can be Spotted Early, as Scientists Identify Diagnostic Biomarker Hepatocellular carcinoma, or liver cancer, remains the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide due to a lack of biomarkers for early detection. READ MORE Exploring the Benefits of Chili Pepper Capsaicin has been studied for various medicinal properties including anti-coagulant effects. Chilli peppers and capsicums are rich in vitamin A, C and potassium and are extremely low on calories. READ MORE Fatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in India Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is the leading cause of liver dysfunction worldwide and is a rapidly growing health problem in India. READ MORE Hepatitis A Hepatitis A is the most benign of the hepatitis viruses and usually has no long term side effects. Hepatitis A vaccine is available that is 95% effective in preventing the disease. READ MORE Living Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks? The risk of dying as a result of a living donor liver segment removal is between 0.2-2.0%. The risk of morbidity is anywhere between 1.3% (in highly experienced centers) to 60%. READ MORE Milk Thistle Milk Thistle is a resourceful natural plant which has many medicinal benefits. In herbal medication milk thistle is used in cases of liver diseases. READ MORE Wilson's Disease This is a rare inherited systemic disorder of copper metabolism, affecting the liver mainly before other organs. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Nutam (400mg) (Piracetam) Color Blindness Calculator Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) More News on: Hepatitis ALiverWilson's DiseaseExploring the Benefits of Chili PepperMilk ThistleCurrent Treatments for Liver CancerFatty Liver Disease: A Growing Health Problem in IndiaLiving Donor Liver Transplant: What Are the Risks?