Adding Some Chili to Your Diet Increases Your Longevity
A surprising fact, but it rings true. Not only does some chilli make a boring meal absolutely mouth-watering, but this spice could also help you live longer and much more importantly, healthier.
According to Natural News, the fruit of the Capsicum genusis a well-known spice that originates from Mexico. It spread across the globe after European traders brought back samples during the 16th century, now it’s added to all kinds of dishes.
Traditional medicinal systems in the past used peppers and spices to treat various kinds of diseases. The flavorful food ingredients were believed to provide the needed sustenance to the body, thereby extending the life of the one who consumed them.
The University of Vermont (UVM) followed up on the discoveries of a Chinese study. It reviewed data from a national survey of more than 16,000 Americans who volunteered to undergo observation of their health and lifestyle for a period of 23 years.
The participants were grouped together based on the number of chilli peppers they consumed. The baseline characteristics of each group were examined and compared. Participants who ate more turned out to be the younger male generation, either white or Mexican American and married. They come from low-income brackets and were not well educated, also displayed a low level of HDL cholesterol.
After researching the frequency of deaths that had taken place over the follow-up, they looked at the particular cause as to why a participant died. They made the same discovery as the Chinese research team from four to five years ago, they found out that people who consumed chilli pepper lived longer lives. Furthermore, the spicier the food, the longer their lives and their good health lasted.
According to Daily Mail,the total death that occurred in participants who consume hot red chilli peppers was 21.6 percent compared to 33.6 percent of those who did not, a difference of 12 percent. Adjusted for demographic, lifestyle, and clinical attributes, the difference was 13 percent.
Medical student Mustafa Chopan and Professor of Medicine Benjamin Littenberg found that the lifestyle of the person who ate chilli peppers did not give any particular sign as to why they lived longer.
Instead, the findings showed that something on the outer surface of cells in the human body called Transient Receptor Potential (TRP) channels could be responsible
They are the primary receptors for pungent agents such as capsaicin, the principal component in chilli peppers. The study said: "In this large population-based prospective study, the consumption of hot red chilli pepper was associated with reduced mortality. Hot chilli peppers may be a beneficial component of diet".
According to Real Simple, in the year 2015, people who ate peppers every day or almost every day saw the most outstanding benefits. And there are different types of chilli peppers – red and otherwise-that are good sources of capsaicin. In fact, the hotter the pepper is, the more of this compound it is likely to contain.