Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The cure to cancer is... Mexican food?

Pepper component hot enough to trigger suicide in prostate cancer cells

Capsaicin, the stuff that turns up the heat in jalapeƱos, not only causes the tongue to burn, it also drives prostate cancer cells to kill themselves, according to studies published in the March 15 issue of Cancer Research.

According to a team of researchers from the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in collaboration with colleagues from UCLA, the pepper component caused human prostate cancer cells to undergo programmed cell death or apoptosis.

3 Comments:

At 6:15 AM, Blogger Maine Man said...

That's cool, but what else does capsaicin do to the body? After living in Mexico, I've never been able to believe that the stuff doesn't damage other parts of the body.

 
At 7:36 AM, Blogger j.m. said...

You give a little, you get a little.

You may have to sacrifice your immune system, pancreas, and liver, but in exchange you will prevent prostate cancer. Perhaps because when you're done eating all the peppers your innards will be dead anyway. (j/k)

 
At 3:18 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

But in order for this to work right - is enough to eat it, or does capsaicin have to be applied...more directly?

Pain worse than death...

 

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