Industrial use of pepper (Capsicum annum L.) derived products: Technological benefits and biological advantages

Food Chem. 2019 Feb 15;274:872-885. doi: 10.1016/j.foodchem.2018.09.047. Epub 2018 Sep 10.


The recovery of pepper phytochemicals present an interesting strategy in pursuit of new bioactive compounds and natural ingredients for agro-food, cosmetic and pharma industry uses, as replacements for the synthetic compounds and also in the valorisation of plant's by-products. Besides being used as a condiment, providing characteristic pungency, colour and flavour, the new pepper-derived ingredients could be used for the preservation and extension of industrial products' lifespan, as well as additives or technological ingredients with antioxidant and antimicrobial activities. Moreover, the application of the new products in pharmaceutical formulas for the treatment of inflammatory and pain-related conditions is also a possibility, since peppers contain capsaicinoids, carotenoids, phenolic compounds, vitamin C and A, and minerals, such as iron and calcium, which have a health-promoting potential. Further studies on appropriate extraction protocols, stability, safety and bioactivity are necessary to provide novel and promising pepper ingredients for food, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical applications.

Keywords: Capsaicin; Capsaicin (PubChem CID: 1548943); Carotenoid; Delphinidin (PubChem CID: 68245); Dihydrocapsaicin (PubChem CID: 107982); Luteolin (PubChem CID: 5280445); Natural products; Oleoresin; Paprika; Phenolic compounds; Quercetin (PubChem CID: 5280343); Vitamin C; Vitamin C (PubChem CID: 54678501); Vitamin E (PubChem CID: 14985); α-Carotene (PubChem CID: 4369188); β-Carotene (PubChem CID: 5280489); β-Cryptoxanthin (PubChem CID: 5281235)..

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / chemistry
  • Anti-Infective Agents / pharmacology
  • Antioxidants / analysis
  • Antioxidants / pharmacology
  • Biological Products
  • Capsaicin / analysis
  • Capsicum / chemistry*
  • Carotenoids / analysis
  • Chemical Fractionation
  • Cosmetics*
  • Food Coloring Agents / chemistry
  • Food Coloring Agents / pharmacology
  • Food Industry*
  • Food Preservation / methods
  • Humans
  • Micronutrients / analysis
  • Phenols / analysis
  • Vitamins / analysis


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Antioxidants
  • Biological Products
  • Cosmetics
  • Food Coloring Agents
  • Micronutrients
  • Phenols
  • Vitamins
  • Carotenoids
  • Capsaicin