There is already a number of good reasons to add hot chilli peppers to your diet and the number continues to grow. A new study suggests that it could also help in the fight against lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for men and women.
The study published in Experimental Biology shows that the compound capsaicin found in hot chilli peppers could slow the spread of lung cancer. Researchers found after laboratory tests that capsaicin stopped cancer cells from moving into other tissues.
“Our study suggests that the natural compound capsaicin from chilli peppers could represent a novel therapy to combat metastasis in lung cancer patients,” Jamie Friedman, researcher from the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, said in a statement.
However, Friedman’s team noted further studies are required to confirm the effects of capsaicin before offering it as a cancer treatment in clinics.
These are the health benefits of chilli peppers
Capsaicin can reduce the effects of cluster headaches, migraine headaches and sinus headaches. This compound blocks Substance P, a neuropeptide that sends signals of pain to the brain, according to Resperate.
There are topical capsaicin-based treatments also available in the market that promise to reduce osteoarthritis pain.
Fights intestinal disease
One study previously suggested that capsaicin could cure inflammatory bowel disease. The chemical compound helps the body kill bacteria, such as H. pylori, which then prevents stomach ulcers.
Hot chilli peppers give the body a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Experts consider the capsaicin compound a potential cure for arthritis, psoriasis and diabetic neuropathy because of it blocks Substance P, which is associated with inflammatory processes.
Capsaicin also offers antibacterial properties that could fight chronic sinus infections, also known as sinusitis. The spice triggers secretions that help clear mucus within the nose, reducing nasal congestion.
Yes, aside from reducing risk of having a number of health problems, eating hot chilli peppers could also reduce extra fat. Capsaicin is a thermogenic agent that increases metabolic activity and helps speed up the process of burning calories and fat.
Source: Medical Daily