Chilies deliver spicy kick against cancer
Cancer Cancer therapy Capsaicin

Chilies deliver spicy kick against cancer

Flávia Oliveira Geraldes
Flávia Oliveira Geraldes

In 10 seconds? Capsaicin, a natural compound in chilies responsible for the spicy sensation is currently used medically as a topical pain reliever. Interestingly, researchers have found that it also possesses anti-cancer properties, raising hope for novel therapies.

That’s hot news! What exactly did they find out? Experiments revealed that capsaicin suppresses cancer cells’ ability to spread to other parts of the body. It plays a role in a signaling pathway that controls several cellular processes - including cell migration - that helps cancer spread and become more deadly.

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