Do Chili Peppers Fight Cancer?
Studies show that capsaicin is proving itself to be one of the important supplements that may help fight cancer, in addition to its many other health benefits. I wanted to take this time to share with you all, in an easy to read article, what cancers chili peppers may help stave off and why.
This site is dedicated to everything spicy. But beyond giving you that awesome endorphin rush, chili peppers also have many other benefits that I aim to continue to share with you all. This article will go over how capsaicin (found in hot peppers) can help fight cancer, along with highlighting some other natural supplements that work along side capsaicin to keep you healthy and ward off cancer.
How Do Chili Peppers Fight Cancer?
According to an article published by cbsnews.com in 2013 Dr. Michael R. Freeman, a cancer researcher, says capsaicin has killed cancer cells in the lab.
“Freeman, director of the Cancer Biology Program at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said, ‘Cancer cells can be induced to activate a suicide program biochemically by certain sorts of molecular processes. And capsaicin is known to bind to a protein on the membrane of certain cells, and in response to this binding, the tumor cell responds by killing itself.'”
In lab tests on cancer prone mice, the addition of capsaicin along with components found in fresh ginger drastically reduced cancer occurrences. The two together help activate the TRPV1 receptors, which lead to slower growth of cancer cells and cancer cell death in some cases. (mercola.com)
What Type of Cancer Does Chili Peppers Fight?
This is somewhat limited to the studies which have been done using capsaicin and cancer cells. Capsaicin has had positive affects on the reduction of breast cancer and lung cancer, but may be beneficial for many more types of cancer, if not all of them.
Smokin Ed Currie, of Puckerbutt Pepper Company is a cancer survivor. He feels very strongly that chili peppers have majorly contributed to his continuing a cancer free life. He feels so strongly, in fact, that he has donated millions of pounds of hot peppers to cancer research.
Currie is most famous for breeding and cultivating the World’s Hottest Pepper- the Carolina Reaper. You can read more about this pepper in my Top Ten Hottest Peppers article.
Are Certain Chili Peppers Better For You Than Others?
Capsaicin is the substance found in hot peppers that makes you mouth feel like it is burning, so the hotter the pepper the more capsaicin the pepper has. Since capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers that is responsible for decreasing cancer cells, it makes sense to surmise that the hotter the pepper, the better it is for you.
However, most of us can’t eat a 2,000,000 SHU pepper. For me personally, I choose to eat peppers that aren’t so hot more often, as opposed to trying to eat super hot peppers less often. Chili peppers have many other benefits besides just fighting cancer, so making chili peppers and/or hot sauce a regular part of your diet is a win win.
Supplements That Help Fight Cancer
Each of these listed below can be taken naturally by adding certain foods to your diet, but they are also available in supplemental form.
Capsaicin- The molecule found in chili peppers that gives it its infamous spicy pungent taste and aroma. I choose to eat hot sauce and chili peppers on a regular basis. If this is not an option for you though, you can buy Capsaicin supplements at your local drugstore. (I will be doing a full article on the best brands of Capsaicin Supplements in the near future.)
Vitamin D- We can get Vitamin D from the sun and also from foods. The main food sources of Vitamin D are animal sources, namely fish… Salmon, sardines, herring, oysters, and egg yolks to name a few.
If you are a vegetarian some foods have Vitamin D added to them, such as certain brands of orange juice and cereal. But you can always take Vitamin D supplements in pill form. Vitamin D also helps your body absorb Calcium.
Omega-3- Found in fatty fish, such as salmon, Mackerel, and Herring. Other good sources of Omega-3 are Flaxseeds, Chia seeds, Walnuts, Algae, and it can also be purchased in supplemental form.
6-gingerol- Found in raw ginger. As mentioned above, this is shown to be very beneficial when taken along with capsaicin. Ginger also has many other health benefits besides helping to fight cancer.
In most stores you may find this supplement listed as Ginger Root rather than by 6-gingerol.
Curcumin- This is found in the spice called Turmeric. I have heard about turmeric in the news a lot recently. Although some cultures have been regularly using this spice for centuries, it seems we here in the United States are just figuring out how beneficial it really is.
It is becoming almost irrefutable that capsaicin may aid in cancer prevention and the slowing of cancer cell growth, and in some cases cancer cell death. Studies are continuing all the time to see just how effective capsaicin truly is. In the mean time, as studies and results build, the health benefits of capsaicin and the possibilities of its affect on cancer should be enough to motivate someone to make sure it is a part of their diet.
Adding other things such as Ginger and Omega-3’s are also really important, and may also aid in the effectiveness of capsaicin.
A regular healthy diet, exercise, and good sleep habits are also very important to a healthy body and should be done in conjunction with all other efforts.
I wanted to state that I am not a scientist or a doctor, by any means. I do, however, care a lot about destroying cancer, and want to share everything I learn with the world if it can help at all. I would also like to add, that if you are taking other medications, or have any medical issues, including cancer, you should always consult a doctor before adding any supplements.
Also, make sure to check out this article on the additional Health Benefits of Hot Peppers and Capsaicin for more intriguing and amazing facts about these awesome little fiery fruits.
If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions I would love to hear from you. Please make sure to leave a comment below and I will get back to as soon as possible.