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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Capsaicin, the heat in jalapenos, causes lemming effect in cancer cells

I have long been fascinated with the cures that exist in the natural world that people who lived closer with nature knew about. Or the fact that some diseases we have now didn't used to exist or they exist in some parts of the world, and not others.

Well according to studies published in today's issue of Cancer Research, yet another plant reveals it's cancer killing abilities. It turns out that Capsaicin, which is the 'ingredient' in jalapenos that makes them hot, drives prostate cancer cells to kill themselves. WOW!

Now, maybe you don't eat a lot of jalapenos, but I know there are places in the west that do. We were amazed in our travels to find we could purchase a side order of jalapenos at Burger King. But regardless of whether you like these spicy peppers, I am sure we can expect to see vitamin supplements developed if they don't exist already along with new types of chemotherapy based on these new findings.

So go ahead...set your mouth on fire and make your prostrate smile!


At 10:26 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

The compound is also the active ingredient in Pepper Spray. You can...if you are foolish and masochistic enough actually spray this stuff on food (as long as you don't have the kind with dye or other tracking additives in it). The heat of the pepper is measured in Scoville Units and a normal jalapeno is between 100,000 and 150,000 SU. Pepper Spray is somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.5 to 2 million SU. Mama Mia, thatsa spicey-a meat-ball!


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