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Friday, March 17, 2006

That Could Lead to Painful Diarrhea 

A new study has found that Capsaicin, the chemical that makes peppers hot, kills prostate cancer cells:

Capsaicin led 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in a process known as apoptosis, the researchers said.

Prostate cancer tumors in mice fed capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice, they reported in the journal Cancer Research.

"Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture," said Dr. Soren Lehmann of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine.

"It also dramatically slowed the development of prostate tumors formed by those human cell lines grown in mouse models."

If this cure will come in the form of a suppository, it leads one to wonder whether the cure might be worse than the disease. All kidding aside, this is an incredible discovery. I wonder if it wouldn't have similar effects on other forms of cancer.

Comments:

So, with all the peppers I eat I could actually be the cure for cancer?

  Posted at March 17, 2006 6:04 PM by Blogger Aaron  
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