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Study Suggests Eating Chili Peppers Leads to a Longer Life

So maybe there’s no such thing as a “fountain of youth,” but at least we have the “chili of life!?”

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So maybe there’s no such thing as a “fountain of youth,” but at least we have the “chili of life!?”

That’s right! For all you masochistic food lovers out there, the hotter the spice, the longer you’ll live! 

Hyperbole aside, according to a recent study, eating chili peppers could contribute to a person’s longevity. More specifically, regularly eating chili peppers may “significantly [reduce a person’s] risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer.” 

The Study

To determine this study, researchers looked into 4,729 publications from the top five leading health databases in the world.

Thereafter, the team looked into the diets of over 500,000 individuals from Italy, Iran, China, and the United States to file a comparison

According to the study, chilli eaters averaged a 25% reduction in all major mortality risks.  The research demonstrated a 26% reduction in cardiovascular risks and a 23% reduction in cancer risks. 

Bo Xu, senior author of the study, had this to share about the investigation:

We were surprised to find that in these previously published studies, regular consumption of chili pepper was associated with an overall risk-reduction of all-cause, cardiovascular disease, and cancer mortality.

It highlights that dietary factors may play an important role in overall health

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Despite the discovery, the exact reasons as to how chili peppers can improve a person’s lifespan are still inconclusive. Research is still required to determine the specifics of this discovery. For now, researchers are unsure as to how many chili peppers or what specific breed of chili pepper can guarantee this promise.

For the time being, why not enjoy some hot ones for health’s sake? 

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Dharma is a writer and creator based in San Diego.

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