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Pepper helps prostate cancer

15th March 2006

A study suggests that the ingredient which makes jalapeno peppers hot also makes prostate cancer cells commit suicide.

Capsaicin triggered 80% of the cells to start the process leading to cell death. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center studied mice who had been genetically modified to have human prostate cancer cells.

The US research in the journal Cancer Research also found tumours treated with capsaicin were smaller.

UK prostate experts say capsaicin could be the basis of a future drug but warned eating too many hot peppers has been linked to stomach cancer.



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Article Information

Title: Pepper helps prostate cancer
Author: Sue Knights
Article Id: 132
Date Added: 15th Mar 2006


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