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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.
Spicy foods reduced the risk of fatal heart attacks and mortality due to respiratory diseases.
Peppered food also protected against lethal cancers. That was actually only the case with the study participants who consumed fresh red peppers.
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.
"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."