Scientists have identified that a molecule called capsaicin, commonly found in chili peppers, may help fight various forms of cancer, including a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer that can only be treated with chemotherapy.
Put simply, researchers from Ruhr university in Germany discovered that the targeted spice molecule in chili peppers can slow breast cancer cell production and even cause them to self-destruct. Only, it’ll take more than just eating the peppers to achieve the cancer-combating benefits. Scientists may need to attach the spice molecule to another type of pill for this treatment to be successful.
Capsaicin has already been identified as having healthy effects towards other forms of cancer, including pancreatic and colon. And it may only be a matter of time before chili peppers can help people suffering from breast cancer too.So while eating one hot pepper a day isn’t going to replace chemotherapy, the chili pepper may certainly play a part in the fight against cancer down the road.
This is one discovery we’ll be watching develop, as it still needs more research behind it before we can fully understand the potential benefits and how to harness them.
Go science, go!