Who knew that eating chili can possibly help in reducing gut inflammation in type 1 diabetes? A compound called capsaicin, which is also found in marijuana, leads to anandamide production which interacts with the receptor to proliferate and help reduce inflammation.
“Our study unveils a role for the endocannabinoid system in maintaining immune homeostasis in the gut/pancreas and reveals a conversation between the nervous and immune systems using distinct receptors,” said study co-author Pramod Srivastava to Diabetes.co.uk.
The study suggests that edible marijuana could lessen the gut inflammation and provides insights on the association of the brain, gut and the immune system. The results in rats show that both capsaicin and anandamide lessened the gut inflammation. Likewise, the compound in chili pepper reversed type 1 diabetes in the mice.
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