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Chili Peppers Could Slow Progression of Lung Metastasis

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Capsaicin, responsible for the heat in chili peppers, was found to reduce metastasis in mice with lung adenocarcinoma. In vitro, capsaicin stopped metastasis by blocking the activation of a key protein that modulates the proliferation and motility of cancer cells
  • Capsaicin is concentrated in the white part of the pepper lining the inside, called the placenta, not the seeds; however, the seeds may be coated with some of the oil. If you carefully remove this part of the pepper, it helps reduce the heat
  • Past research demonstrated the effectiveness of capsaicin on breast cancer, colorectal cancer and small cell lung cancer; it also has anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties comparable to the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug diclofenac
  • Chili peppers positively affect your metabolism, reduce high insulin levels, support your heart health and may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease

Chili peppers are known for their hot flavor. They are primarily used as a spice in a variety of dishes and sauces. There are several species and cultivars of hot pungent peppers in the nightshade family.

Chili peppers are native to North and South America but are now cultivated in warmer climates around the world. Some of the more common cultivars include Cayenne, jalapeno, serrano and Thai chili peppers.

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