Thursday, July 19, 2012

Hot Pepper Benefits


Hot peppers are a good source of beta-carotene, the dietary precursor to vitamin A, according to World's Healthiest Foods. Vitamin A and beta-carotene are powerful antioxidants, which may help prevent cellular free-radical damage as well as protect against heart disease. Chili peppers are a good source of vitamin C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with as much as 300 percent of the daily value of vitamin C in a one-half cup serving. Current medical research is finding that capsaicin in hot pepper may be an effective treatment against several forms of cancer. In January 2010, researchers from Cedars-Sinai hospital published results of a research study that found that capsaicin was effective against two different breast cancer cell lines. Reporting their results in the journal "Oncogene," researchers stated that capsaicin held the potential not only to treat breast cancer, but to prevent it as well.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/110237-hot-pepper-benefits/#ixzz2184TJMrf

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