Chili peppers have many health benefits such as fighting off inflammation, natural pain relief and boosting immunity.
Now, new research is revealing that they may help stop the spread of lung cancer.
More specifically it is the compound responsible for chili peppers’ heat, called capsaicin, that could help slow down metastasis.
In their study, the researchers found that capsaicin inhibited cells from moving into other tissues, the first step of the metastatic process.
Further studies in mice with metastatic cancer revealed that those that consumed capsaicin showed smaller areas of metastatic cancer cells in the lung.
Additional research found that capsaicin inhibits lung cancer metastasis by thwarting the activation of the protein Src.
Src is a key regulator that is involved in the control of many functions such as cell adhesion, growth, movement and differentiation.
The news is a big deal as lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women.
This is in part because lung cancer is particularly hard to treat.
The disease often shows no symptoms until it has progressed to the metastasis stage.
Once it has spread little can be done to stop it.
This is a great news for us, Indians who eat quite a lot of spicy food!