From Hot and Spicy
This is the most spicy-hot substance known to man. Capsaicin is the 'gold-standard' for hotness. The tiniest amount will make your product fiery hot. How hot? Take a look at this Scoville scale to see the relative degrees of 'hotness'. This is the substance that causes the burning feeling in the mouth or nose (any contact with mucous membranes) and it also increases secretion of gastric juice. Capsaicin comes in two forms – natural, which is made from hot peppers, and synthetic, which is produced in a laboratory. The efficacy of the two forms appears to be identical.
Aversion Technologies has capsaicin in three forms:
- 95% pure capsaicin powder
- 95% pure capsaicin in paste form (alcohol base)
- 40% pure capsaicin oil
Many food companies, and even pharmaceutical companies, require capsaicin be certified as Kosher (Kasruth). Until recently, we were unable to provide this service. We are pleased to now offer Kosher capsaicin certified by SKS Shatz Kosher Services. Please let us know if your requirements are for Kosher products and we will do our best to meet your needs.
Choosing between Natural Capsaicin and Synthetic Capsaicin (Nonivamide)
How does one decide between the natural and synthetic forms of Capsaicin? If it is going to be ingested, it’s best to stick to the natural form. If it is going to be used as a deterrent, than the synthetic form is the better choice, primarily because of cost. The natural product is subject to vagaries of weather and growing conditions, and as a result, costs 4-5 times as much as the synthetic form.
Capsaicin has wide usage in the medical field for relief of pain, and more recently has been shown to be effective in fighting cancers. Aversion Technologies offers capsaicin is a pure, natural form widely used in foods and pharmaceuticals.
Capsaicin is used in topical ointments and creams to relieve minor aches and pains of muscles and joints. Capsaicin is also available in large adhesive bandages that can be applied to the back. Concentrations are typically between 0.025% and 0.075%. Research suggests that capsaicin is able to kill prostate cancer cells. The studies showed tumors treated with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of the untreated tumors. One study suggests capsaicin may be effective against lung cancer cells and researchers in Canada are testing capsaicin as a cure for diabetes.
Capsaicin is the active ingredient in pepper spray. When the spray comes in contact with skin, especially eyes or mucous membranes, it is very painful.
Capsaicin can be used to deter many pests, such as squirrels, chipmunks and other annoying animals. Capsaicin can be used as an additive to birdseed, since birds are unaffected by capsaicin. Insects are also unaffected.
Capsaicin is an attractive alternative to the currently used toxic metal-based anti-foulants for protecting submerged surfaces such as the hulls of boats.
- Nonanoyl vanillylamide
- Pelargonic acid vanillylamide
CAS Registry Number: 2444-46-4
Molecular Formula: C17 H27 NO3
Product Name: Capsicum Oleoresin (Capsaicin)
CAS No: 404-86-4
Specification: USP 30