Pain? What Pain?
Capsaicin is not only a potent anti-inflammatory that is useful for many types of pain, but it also provides pain relief by depleting your body's supply of substance P, which is a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to your brain. It also works by desensitizing sensory receptors in your skin.
Studies utilizing the capsaicin found in hot peppers have shown to activate cell receptors in your intestinal lining, creating a reaction that lowers the risk of tumors.
Hot peppers have been shown to lower heart disease risk by decreasing levels of "bad" LDL cholesterol, increasing "good" HDL, and improving circulation. In fact, capsaicin is currently being studied for its ability to treat circulatory problems, hardening of the arteries, and irregular heart rhythms.