Fight Cancer, Eat an Habanero

March 15, 2006 at 1:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in 625 Elm Street

This is one of the coolest ledes I’ve read in a long time:

Capsaicin, the stuff that turns up the heat in jalapeños, not only causes the tongue to burn, it also drives prostate cancer cells to kill themselves, according to studies published in the March 15 issue of Cancer Research.

As a big capsaicin fan and prostate cancer opponent, this makes me very happy. Plus, there’s just something cool about the notion of suicidal prostate cancer cells. Hmm…band name?

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Mr. T March 16, 2006 at 1:39pm

Awesome - only habaneros or chili peppers in general?

Mr. Wilson March 16, 2006 at 2:36pm

Anything with capsaicin. I’m not sure if any foods other than chiles have capsaicin. Anybody have an answer on that one?

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