Capsaicin is the compound that gives peppers their heat. According to research published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry, this compound can actually kill prostate cancer cells.
In mouse studies, high dose capsaicin kills prostate cancer cells while leaving healthy cells unharmed. The researchers discovered that capsaicin binds to a cell’s surface and affects the membrane, which surrounds and normally protects the cell. If enough capsaicin is given, the membrane can fall apart and the cell will die.
Researchers are now working on finding a dose that is effective in human prostate cancer cells and concentrating it in capsule or injection form.
This is a nice reminder of the power of food to heal and maintain health. There are so many beneficial compounds in plants that haven’t even been discovered yet. No matter what diet you choose to follow, please try to eat as wide variety of vegetables and fruits as possible. For a lot of people their vegetable intake is limited to mostly potatoes and tomatoes. Please try to include vegetables from every color of the rainbow. If you need inspiration, you can find many nutritious and delicious juice recipes in my raw juices book.