A report by University of Tasmania School of Human Life Sciences research fellow Kiran Ahuja says that hot chillies have the potential to prevent diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Pro vice-chancellor for research Johanna Laybourn-Parry added that heart disease remains the number one preventable cause of death and that these new findings could help.
Advertisement"Cardiovascular disease continues to generate a considerable burden on population in terms of illness and disability and the development of improved methods for prevention and treatment are essential," she added.
Ahuja said that the components in chillies responsible for conferring this protection were capsaicin and dihydrocapsaicin and that these had the potential to replace aspirin in the near future, "Aspirin... has a nasty side effect, which causes stomach bleeding in patients,"he added.
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