If you love spicy food whether by personal choice or acquired from the culture you were exposed to, you may live longer than the kick of wasabi in your nasal regions or the potency of habanero lingering in your taste buds. You may actually live longer than those who can not stand this culinary heat.
Researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont conducted a large perspective study on the link between consumption of hot red chili peppers with human mortality. They found that 13 percent of reduced mortality is associated with the consumption of this spicy berry.
For centuries and across cultures, it has been thought that peppers and spices are beneficial in fighting diseases and keeping one's body healthy.
In a recent study from different research group, it has been found that bell peppers have a compound that can eliminate breast cancer tumors
. This research can reinforce the findings of this new study in terms of overall health and mortality.
With a data gathered within an average of 18.9 years, the important observation provided the baseline characteristics of participants base on their consumption of hot red chili peppers.
The result showed that consumers of hot chili peppers were usually "younger, male, white, Mexican-American, married, and to smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol, and consume more vegetables and meats - had lower HDL-cholesterol, lower income, and less education."
"Although the mechanism by which peppers could delay mortality is far from certain, Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels, which are primary receptors for pungent agents such as capsaicin (the principal component in chili peppers), may in part be responsible for the observed relationship," the authors reported.
The study may help put chili pepper as an important component in dietary recommendations, according to the researchers.
The report is published in PLoS ONE
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