Eating hot peppers could be a key to a longer life

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Jan 14 2017 - 8:51am
A hot red pepper

Researchers have found an association between eating hot peppers and lower mortality.

The search for a longer life is as old as mankind. Among nutritional answers to this desire red peppers have surfaced as an interesting consideration.

There is an association between eating hot red chili peppers and a 13 percent decrease in total mortality

The University of Vermont reports researchers at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont have discovered that there is an association between eating hot red chili peppers and a 13 percent decrease in total mortality. This lower mortality has been noted primarily in deaths which are caused by heart disease or stroke.

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For centuries it has been believed that eating peppers and spices is beneficial to help treat diseases. In a study published in China in 2015 an association between chili pepper consumption and lower mortality surfaced. These earlier study findings have been supported by this new study.

Capsaicin, which is the principal component of chili peppers, seems to play a vital role for lower mortality

The mechanism by which mortality could be delayed by eating hot peppers is not certain. The researchers have conjectured capsaicin, which is the principal component of chili peppers, may play a role in cellular and molecular mechanisms which help to prevent obesity and which modulate coronary blood flow. Capsaicin also has antimicrobial properties which may indirectly have a positive affect on the host by changing the microbiota of the gut.

This study has been published in the journal PLOS ONE. Researchers found that hot red chili pepper consumption is associated with decreased mortality. Causality could only be suggested but not confirmed by this study. However it appears that it may be beneficial to add hot red chili peppers to your diet.

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