Yesterday, according to the gastronomic calendar of Arequipa, was the Day of the Rocoto stuffing, which many will have tasted thanks to the delivery or the culinary memory of a relative. Yesterday, it was also reported that the Nobel Prize in Medicine went to physiologist David Julius and biologist ARDEM Patapoutian. But what do the two have in common? Simply, capsaicin.
the Capsaicin is a compound that contains our iconic rocoto, Causing burning itching that stimulates “appetites” and is related by its “fire” with our volcanoes in mythical sign of revolutionary value. But it is also the compound that has allowed that Julius finds the sensor at our nerve endings in the skin heat-responsive, alongside Patapoutian who discovered the cellular sensors of skin and pressure-responsive organs.
Both findings suggest “how heat, cold and pressure can generate nerve impulses that allow us to perceive the world around us and adapt to it,” according to the jury that determined the award, opening a path to the mechanisms of pain to be able to mitigate millions of patients.
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It is not the first time that capsaicin from rocoto and other spicy vegetables supports medicine, in 2004 there was talk of its analgesic capacity in chronic neuropathic pain, As well as to prevent gastritis, according to a study by Arequipa scientist Azael Pau, and many others who consider it an antioxidant, anticancer and, finally, which reduces by 10% mortality in people who consume twice a week as minimum.
Aside from the Day and the Nobel, we need to approach the rocoto by imagining our ancestors perceiving the world, adapting to it, and removing the “poison” from it to domesticate and leave it as a heritage; to our spicy covirtiéndolo in latan, to enjoy it in its condition of condiment or “capsule” of filling stew. Nevertheless, the greater tribute that we can give him is reading or listening like literary inspiration “Praise to the rocoto”, of Juan Guillermo Carpio Muñoz, that is in https://youtu.be/ec4V76MFHS0.