Spice Up Your Life!
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Are spicy foods making us live longer? Research shows that consuming spicy foods is
associated with reduced risk of mortality. A study was done with both men and women
aged 30- 79 years old. Participants who consumed spicy foods 6-7 times a week had a
14% reduction of mortality. So, what is the ingredient in spicy foods that suggest this
evidence? The chili pepper contains an ingredient called capsaicin that carries a number
of benefits. These benefits include reducing cancer risk, lower blood
pressure and boost metabolism. These spices are known to increase lipid catabolism,
which can protect you from hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) and obesity. Being
protected from these two can help reduce hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and
cardiovascular disease. Not only does chili have these benefits, they have shown to get
rid of the bad bacteria in the stomach to create a healthy gut. Having a healthy gut can
reduce the risk of diabetes, liver cirrhosis and cancer. Reducing this risk can reduce the
risk of mortality. In conclusion, spice up your life; after all, it has a variety of benefits that
can aid in longer life.
Consumption Of Spicy Foods and Total and Cause Specific Mortality: Population Based Cohort Study
Lu Qi-Canqing Yu-Ling Yang-Yu Guo-Yiping Chen-Zheng Bian-Dianjianyi Sun-Jianwei Du-Pengfei Ge-Zhenzhu Tang-Wei Hou-Yanjie Li-Junshi Chen-Zhengming Chen-Liming Li - https://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h3942
The Association Of Hot Red Chili Pepper Consumption and Mortality: A Large Population-based Cohort Study
Mustafa Chopan-Benjamin Littenberg - https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0169876