For the hot sauce lovers out there a new study has revealed that hot sauce, or better said, capsaicin, which is a substance in chili peppers, has the power to trigger the death of cancer cells by attacking the mitochondria, or the ‘engines’ of the cancer cells. A Nottingham University researcher stated that, “a single dose of capsaicin could actually force a cancer cell into apoptosis, or cell death, and can do this without affecting the normal surrounding cells. He also went on to state that they can trigger apoptosis in human lung cancer cells.
Another study done by the American Association for Cancer Research suggested that Capsaicin was also able to kill prostate cancer cells by triggering them into apoptosis. The study exposed that tumors that were treated with capsaicin were around one fifth the size of the untreated tumors. In has also been shown in other studies conducted in Asia that natural capsaicin could directly inhibit the growth of leukemia cells. The critical secondary metabolite compound found in cayenne pepper has also been proven to cause cancer cells to undergo apoptosis.
Now before you go out and buy the latest and coolest hot sauce on the shelf make sure that you look past the fancy and shinny colors and read the ingredients. Be sure to look for words like, cayenne pepper, Naga Viper, Habanero, Tabasco chili and Bhut Jolokia Chili. Also be open about asking your server what kind of peppers they use in their spicy dishes when dining out at a Mexican, Asian or any restaurant that serves spicy foods.
So now we know that spicy peppers are the foods that contain the beneficial compound capsaicin and for the most part, the hotter the fruit, the higher the content. Here is a list of foods high in capsaicin that you can feast on with wisdom.