Scientists have found that consumption of spicy food daily can effectively help us fight cancer. Tumours can be killed by Capsaicin, the chemical that is responsible for the spicy and hot sensation.
They also feel that Capsaicin may provide the answer to future cancer drugs. The University of Nottingham scientists claim that this chemical targets the cancer cells directly. They also say that the medicines that are used in the treatment of psoriasis and muscle strains can be effectively used in the treatment of serious ailments.
Dr Timothy Bates who led this study attributes the spicy food eating habits of Mexicans and Indians to the lower incidences of cancers in these countries on a comparative note with their western counterparts.
Vanilloids is the family of compounds that Capsaicin belongs to, has the power of attacking the mitochondria without causing any damage to the surrounding cells.
According to Bates, laboratory trials of capsaicin yielded a very promising result on human lung cancer cell and pancreatic cancer cells.