A scientific research team in America, who considered results of many studies on 570,000 individuals in the United States, Italy, China and Iran concluded that people who consumed regularly chilli peppers live longer because they have a 26 per cent relative reduction in cardiovascular mortality by heart disease and stroke, a 23 per cent relative reduction in cancer mortality and a 25 per cent relative reduction in all-cause mortality. The global study coordinated by senior author Bo Xu, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Heart, Vascular & Thoracic Institute in Cleveland, Ohio will be presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2020 this week.
Dr Xu specified: “The exact reasons and mechanisms that might explain our findings, though, are currently unknown. (…)More research, especially evidence from randomised controlled studies, is needed to confirm these preliminary findings.” It was not yet determined also which type of chilli pepper consumption may be associated with health benefits. Researchers found that the anti-inflammatory properties of antioxidant capsaicin, wich gives peppers their fiery taste, may have wide health benefits. More, Experiments on mice have shown that capsaicin boosts the ‘good’ gut bacteria that defend against weight gain by burning away fat. Research will be continued.