Monday, March 20, 2006

Red pepper induces cancer-cell suicide

Capsaicin, which gives red peppers their kick (and makes tear gas burn), has been observed causing prostate cancer cells to commit suicide. The actual term is apoptosis, or programmed cell death.

On the other hand, spicy foods containing capsaicin are normally considered a prostate irritant, so the jury is still out on whether guys worried about their prostate should start quaffing hot sauce right out of the bottle.

—Mellow Monk

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