I had a hard time deciding if this article should go under
cancer or men's health. I think the information on
prostate health can also be preventative so here it is. I think
this is a subject that men generally fear (testing),and
For a Healthy Prostate, Turn Up the
By Jon Herring
If you're looking for a way to protect your prostate, look
south of the border. New research shows that hot peppers can
cause prostate cancer cells to "commit suicide."
A group of doctors at the University of California at Los
Angeles found that the active ingredient in hot peppers -
capsaicin (kap-SAY-sin) - caused 80 percent of active prostate
cancer cells in mice to follow a pathway that led to cell
death. What's more, the tumors of the mice that consumed the
hot pepper extract were one-fifth the size of the tumors in the
According Dr. Soren Lehmann, who led the study, capsaicin
also has "a profound anti-proliferative effect on human
prostate cancer cells in culture." And the hotter, the better.
The more heat you can take, the more benefit you'll get.
Can't take the heat? No problem. Cayenne pepper capsules -
which are loaded with capsaicin - are available at your local
health food store.
And, by the way,. hot peppers are also a powerful
anti-inflammatory. And they are an excellent source of vitamins
A, C, E, folic acid, and potassium.