Thursday, April 24, 2008

Hemorrhoids and spicy foods

Are you a PLWH? Chances are good that you are as about 50% of adult persons are indeed living with hemorrhoids. Does the thought of spicy in (like, say, red hot chili peppers) leading to hot out (now I don't have to explain that, do I?) make your hemorrhoids cringe? Rest easy and indulge; research* indicates your hemorrhoids are not a risk from your spicy excesses.

Italian researchers, about 50% of whom doubtless had hemorrhoids, randomized 50 adults with big-time 'rhoids to receive two blue capsules at two different meals either packed with red hot chili pepper powder or placebo powder with no kick at all. They prepared the real deal capsules with the amount of spice needed to achieve "spicy enough" status (as defined by the Association of Teachers of Italian Cuisine) if the contents had been added to a normal dish rather than the colons of the test subjects.

One week, half the group popped hot and the other half downed not. The following week, the capsule allocation was reversed. On a visual scale of 0 to 10 (can you picture the visuals here?), the subjects were asked to rate the situation down under with respect to bleeding, swelling, itching, and burning before and after.

The results? Spice in is not a problem at the end of the line.
*Altomare DF, et al. Red hot chili pepper and hemorrhoids: the explosion of a myth: results of a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover trial. Dis Colon Rectum. 2006 Jul;49(7):1018-23.


Anonymous said...

I dunno...still seems like what burns in the carbuerator burns in the tail pipe.

"his-self" said...

Very entertaining post! Whilst I don't suffer from the condition, at my age you never know what's going to pop up (out?) next. It's soothing to know that spicy foods won't be an issue.