Presentation Title

Relative Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Cayenne Pepper

Faculty Mentor

Ralph Isovitsch

Start Date

23-11-2019 8:00 AM

End Date

23-11-2019 8:45 AM

Location

193

Session

poster 1

Type of Presentation

Poster

Subject Area

interdisciplinary

Abstract

Capsicum Annum, also known as cayenne pepper, yields many health benefits ranging from pain relief to weight loss. Traditionally, it’s been used to increase appetite and help treat circulatory problems in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. Although there is a significant amount of research being done on cayenne pepper medicinal properties, it is still not widely recognized as a mainstream medical treatment alternative. This experiment will recognize whether or not cayenne pepper is an effective anti-inflammatory medicine in comparison to aspirin. In order to conduct the comparisons, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy instruments were used as well as an egg denaturation assay. The findings from this experiment indicated that cayenne in ethanol is not more effective than aspirin in preventing inflammation. There were some random errors concerning the TLC plate because the mobile phase was either too polar or nonpolar; also, when conducting the egg denaturation assay, the protein coagulated yielding insignificant results. Further research on cayenne pepper’s anti-inflammatory properties should use different solvents to perform the extractions or when performing the TLC plate.

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Nov 23rd, 8:00 AM Nov 23rd, 8:45 AM

Relative Anti-Inflammatory Properties of Cayenne Pepper

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Capsicum Annum, also known as cayenne pepper, yields many health benefits ranging from pain relief to weight loss. Traditionally, it’s been used to increase appetite and help treat circulatory problems in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines. Although there is a significant amount of research being done on cayenne pepper medicinal properties, it is still not widely recognized as a mainstream medical treatment alternative. This experiment will recognize whether or not cayenne pepper is an effective anti-inflammatory medicine in comparison to aspirin. In order to conduct the comparisons, thin layer chromatography (TLC) and gas chromatography-mass spectroscopy instruments were used as well as an egg denaturation assay. The findings from this experiment indicated that cayenne in ethanol is not more effective than aspirin in preventing inflammation. There were some random errors concerning the TLC plate because the mobile phase was either too polar or nonpolar; also, when conducting the egg denaturation assay, the protein coagulated yielding insignificant results. Further research on cayenne pepper’s anti-inflammatory properties should use different solvents to perform the extractions or when performing the TLC plate.