Hot chili pepper extends life
In this study, 16,179 people, 18 years old or more, reported their diets over the prior month. Over a follow-up period of seven years, those who consumed hot red chili pepper were 13 percent less likely to have died from any cause compared to those who did not consume hot red chili pepper. The strongest link was to better vascular health.

Doctors said capsaicin, the heat-giving compound in pepper, may activate cell mechanisms that help prevent obesity and regulate blood flow. Capsaicin also has anti-microbial properties that may help rebalance the gut microbiome.

Reference: PLOS ONE; January, 2017, 12(1): e0169876.
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