Friday, August 11, 2006

Capsaicin the key to any wonder food

Capsaicin, the key ingredient in pepper spray and spicy food, has been found to cause apoptosis in 80% of human prostate cancer cells. Capsaicin, aside from being key ingredient in good thai and mexican food, also inhibits the activity of NF-kappa beta, which is part of the apoptosis mechanism.
It has also been found that spicy foods may also fight obesity. Capsaicin has also been used to fight pain (although over use may cause nerve damage). Scientists have also found that red peppers may boost insulin control , although that isn't linked directly the Capsaicin itself.

It may be time to start eating more spicy food ;-)

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