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  • Chili peppers can decrease colorectal cancer risk, claims new research

    08/02/2014 6:16:12 AM PDT · by Innovative · 50 replies
    Tech Times ^ | Aug 2, 2014 | Judy Mottl
    If you don't eat chili peppers or hot curry much you may want to reassess that given new research that claims the peppers and curry can play a role in reducing the risk of colorectal and bowel tumors, as well as extend a person's lifespan by 30 percent. The study claims the active ingredient in chili peppers, called dietary capsaicin, decreases the cancer risk as it triggers chronic activation of an ion channel called TRPV1, which is a sensory neuron that protects the intestine against acidity and spicy chemicals. In essence adding chili peppers and hot curries to the diet...
  • Birthplace of the domesticated chili pepper identified in Mexico

    04/18/2014 9:49:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 51 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | 04-18-2014 | by Pat Bailey AND Journal reference: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
    Central-east Mexico gave birth to the domesticated chili pepper—now the world's most widely grown spice crop—reports an international team of researchers, led by a plant scientist at the University of California, Davis. Results from the four-pronged investigation—based on linguistic and ecological evidence as well as the more traditional archaeological and genetic data—suggest a regional, rather than a geographically specific, birthplace for the domesticated chili pepper. That region, extending from southern Puebla and northern Oaxaca to southeastern Veracruz, is further south than was previously thought, the researchers found. The region also is different from areas of origin that have been suggested...
  • Cold and Chili Peppers Help Burn Fat

    10/18/2013 1:56:31 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 28 replies
    Discovery.com ^ | Oct 18, 2013 11:20 AM ET | by Douglas Main, LiveScience Staff Writer
    Eating chili peppers can help burn brown fat, research shows. What do low and chili peppers have in common? They both could help burn fat, a new study shows. Exposure to cold and consumption of chemicals found in chili peppers both appear to increase the number and activity of so-called brown fat cells, which burn energy, rather than store it as typical "white" fat cells do, said Takeshi Yoneshiro, a researcher at Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan. The study is the first to show that brown fat activity can be induced in people who appeared to...
  • New evidence that chili pepper ingredient fights fat

    06/02/2010 8:56:02 AM PDT · by decimon · 41 replies · 894+ views
    American Chemical Society ^ | June 2, 2010 | Unknown
    Scientists are reporting new evidence that capsaicin, the stuff that gives chili peppers their kick, may cause weight loss and fight fat buildup by triggering certain beneficial protein changes in the body. Their study, which could lead to new treatments for obesity, appears in ACS' monthly Journal of Proteome Research. Jong Won Yun and colleagues point out that obesity is a major public health threat worldwide, linked to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and other health problems. Laboratory studies have hinted that capsaicin may help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering fat levels in...
  • The Greater the Threat, the Hotter the Chili

    08/13/2008 12:51:31 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 162+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 12, 2008 | HENRY FOUNTAIN
    Like many other plants, the chili has a strategy for survival: make its fruit, the pepper, so nutritionally desirable that birds and other creatures will eat it and disperse the seeds. But the same things that make a chili pepper attractive to animals also draw bacteria and funguses that can kill the seeds. It has been thought that the chemicals known as capsaicinoids, which surround the seeds and give peppers their characteristic heat, are the chili’s way of deterring microbes. But if so, then microbial infestation should bring selective pressure on chilis — the more bugs, the hotter the peppers...
  • Study: Capsaicin may cut fat cell growth

    03/08/2007 6:48:35 PM PST · by Coleus · 7 replies · 310+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 03.07.07
    Taiwan scientists have found evidence that suggests capsaicin -- the substance that gives red pepper a spicy kick -- can reduce the growth of fat cells. Gow-Chin Yen and colleagues at the National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan, cite previous research suggesting obesity can be reduced by preventing immature fat cells, called adipocytes, from developing into mature cells. Past research also linked capsaicin to a decrease in the amount of fat tissue and decreased blood-fat levels. With that knowledge, the researchers tested capsaicin's effects on pre-adipocytes and adipocytes growing in laboratory cultures. They found capsaicin prevented pre-adipocytes from filling...
  • Red Pepper: Hot Stuff For Fighting Fat?

    03/05/2007 5:25:02 PM PST · by blam · 31 replies · 1,693+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 3-5-2007 | American Chemical Society
    Source: American Chemical Society Date: March 5, 2007 Red Pepper: Hot Stuff For Fighting Fat? Science Daily — Food scientists in Taiwan are reporting new evidence from laboratory experiments that capsaicin — the natural compound that gives red pepper that spicy hot kick — can reduce the growth of fat cells. The study is scheduled for the March 21 issue of the ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a bi-weekly publication. In the report, Gow-Chin Yen and Chin-Lin Hsu cite previous research suggesting that obesity can be reduced by preventing immature fat cells (adipocytes) from developing into mature cells....
  • How spicy foods can kill cancers

    01/09/2007 7:39:41 PM PST · by NCjim · 88 replies · 2,565+ views
    BBC News ^ | January 9, 2007
    Scientists have discovered the key to the ability of spicy foods to kill cancer cells. They found capsaicin, an ingredient of jalapeno peppers, triggers cancer cell death by attacking mitochondria - the cells' energy-generating boiler rooms. The research raises the possibility that other cancer drugs could be developed to target mitochondria. The Nottingham University study features in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications. The study showed that the family of molecules to which capsaicin belongs, the vanilloids, bind to proteins in the cancer cell mitochondria to trigger apoptosis, or cell death, without harming surrounding healthy cells. Capsaicin was tested on cultures...
  • Vegetable Compounds Combat Cancer (ginger effective against ovarian cancer)

    04/07/2006 3:31:48 AM PDT · by S0122017 · 7 replies · 619+ views
    scientificamerican ^ | April 05, 2006 | David Biello
    Vegetable Compounds Combat Cancer In the ongoing war on cancer, researchers have enlisted a new series of soldiers: roots and vegetables. New findings presented at the American Association for Cancer Research show that a grocery list of vegetables including ginger, hot peppers and cauliflower show promise as cancer-combating agents. Pharmacologist Shivendra Singh of the University of Pittsburgh and his colleagues showed that a chemical released when cruciferous vegetables--such as cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage--are chewed helps control human prostate tumors grafted into mice. Phenethyl-isothiocyanate, or PEITC, prompted the prostate cancer cells to kill themselves in a process called apoptosis. By the...
  • Pepper 'kills prostate cancer'

    03/17/2006 11:05:19 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 53 replies · 2,407+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | 2006/03/15 06:00:12 GMT
    The ingredient which makes jalapeno peppers hot also makes prostate cancer cells commit suicide, a study suggests. Tests showed that capsaicin triggered 80% of the cells to start the process leading to cell death. The US research in the journal Cancer Research also found tumours treated with capsaicin were smaller. UK prostate experts say capsaicin could be the basis of a future drug but warned eating too many hot peppers has been linked to stomach cancer. We caution men with prostate cancer in the UK against upping their weekly intake of the hottest known chillies Chris Hiley, The Prostate Cancer...
  • The Red-Hot Power Of Chillies Can Kill Cancer

    03/16/2006 5:05:15 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies · 1,767+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-16-2006 | Roger Highfield
    The red-hot power of chillies can kill cancer By Roger Highfield, Science Editor (Filed: 16/03/2006) The substance in chillies that causes the tongue to burn also drives prostate cancer cells to kill themselves, according to research that could pave the way for new treatments. The pepper component capsaicin makes the cells undergo programmed cell death or apoptosis, says a study published in the journal Cancer Research. High intake of hot chillis has been linked to stomach cancer Tests found that it induced approximately 80 per cent of cancer cells growing in mice to follow the molecular pathways leading to apoptosis....
  • Chillies turn up the heat on (prostate) tumours

    03/16/2006 3:38:16 AM PST · by S0122017 · 32 replies · 1,213+ views
    newscientist ^ | 15 March 2006 | Roxanne Khamsi
    Chillies turn up the heat on tumours 13:22 15 March 2006 NewScientist.com news service Roxanne Khamsi Related Articles Oranges, bananas and turmeric prevent leukaemia Chilli receptors detect heart attack pain The same component of jalapeño peppers that makes them burn the tongue also appears to kill prostate cancer cells. Prostate tumours in mice treated with the compound, called capsaicin, shrank to one-fifth the size of those in non-treated mice, found a new study. To explore capsaicin’s effect, Phillip Koeffler of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, US, and colleagues exposed human prostate cancer cells in a laboratory dish to...
  • Pepper extract could stop prostate cancer growth

    03/15/2006 12:10:39 PM PST · by Daralundy · 24 replies · 1,083+ views
    Nutraingredients ^ | March 15, 2006
    Capsaicin, the compound that gives red pepper its heat, could stop the spread of prostate cancer, claims a new study. Red chilli pepper has previously been linked to inhibiting the growth of pancreatic cancer cells, and has been suggested to cut fat and energy intake when added to the diet. “We show that capsaicin has a profound inhibiting effect on the growth of prostate cancer cells in vitro and in vivo , inducing apoptosis [programmed cell death] of prostate cancer cell lines,” wrote lead author Akio Mori from the University of California, Los Angeles. The new study, published in the...
  • Drug Makers Hope to Kill the Kick in Pain Relief

    04/23/2004 4:22:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 248 replies · 447+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 20, 2004 | SANDRA BLAKESLEE
    Worried that millions of Americans are using prescription opiate painkillers to get high rather than to ease severe chronic pain, drug makers are working on ways to prevent abuse. Cooperating closely with government officials and pain specialists, the companies are educating doctors, rewriting warning labels and tracking pills as they move from pharmacy to patient. They are also reformulating pills with added ingredients. One combination blocks euphoria. Another produces a nasty burning sensation. "The problem of prescription painkiller abuse is much bigger than people realize," said Dr. Clifford Woolf, director of the neural plasticity group and professor of anesthesia research...