Spicy Foods May Help You Live Longer

September 21, 2015

Do you enjoy spicy meals or an extra chili pepper when you sit down to eat?  Researchers have discovered a definite benefit for folks that enjoy a little spice with their meals. Regular consumption of spicy foods decreases mortality rates, including deaths due to respiratory issues, heart disease and cancer.  Eating spicy foods several times a week lowered the risk of death by 14% as well as improving a range of ailments.

A study with over 500,000 participants performed over nine years at the Peking University Health Science Center, showed positive benefits from eating spicy foods. Seniors who combined spicy foods and avoided alcohol saw an even greater benefit. Spicy foods contain nutraceuticals which have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and can prevent tumor growth.  Nutraceuticals can stop the signals from inflamed tissue that can lead to malignant growth. The study encouraged diets high in vegetable matter to reduce chronic sickness as well as controlling obesity and improving liver function.

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