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15.01.2018


Longevity tip: eat spicy foods 2-3 times a week

If you treat yourself to a meal with a lot of red pepper a couple of times a week, then your chances of getting old are greater than if you eat red pepper less often. Chinese epidemiologists reach this conclusion after following a group of half a million people for more than seven years. Especially the consumption of fresh peppers seems to reduce the chance of death.

Study

Longevity tip: eat spicy foods 2-3 times a week
The Chinese study was published in the BMJ in 2015. The data were collected in the China Kadoorie Biobank project. The researchers used the data from 199,293 men and 288,082 women aged 30-79 years, who when the study began free of chronic diseases.

Results
Study participants who ate spicy foods once or twice a week had 10 percent less chance of dying than study participants who ate spicy foods less frequently. Among study participants who ate spicy foods 3 times a week or more often, the chance of death was 15 percent less.


Longevity tip: eat spicy foods 2-3 times a week


Longevity tip: eat spicy foods 2-3 times a week


Spicy foods reduced the risk of fatal heart attacks and mortality due to respiratory diseases.


Longevity tip: eat spicy foods 2-3 times a week


Longevity tip: eat spicy foods 2-3 times a week


Peppered food also protected against lethal cancers. That was actually only the case with the study participants who consumed fresh red peppers.


Longevity tip: eat spicy foods 2-3 times a week


It did not matter how old or heavy the participants were, and whether they smoked or not: spicy food lowered the odds of dying. There was, however, one exception to that rule: alcohol. In the study participants who drank alcohol, spicy foods didn't offer protection.


Longevity tip: eat spicy foods 2-3 times a week


Conclusion
"Our analyses showed significant inverse associations between spicy food consumption and total and certain cause specific mortality (cancer, ischemic heart diseases, and respiratory diseases)", the researchers wrote. "None the less, given the observational nature of this study, it is not possible to make a causal inference."

"Further prospective studies in other populations would be essential to demonstrate generalizability of these findings. More evidence will lead to updated dietary recommendations and development of functional foods, such as herbal supplements."

Source:
BMJ. 2015 Aug 4;351:h3942.

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