Scientists have identified medicinal aspect of chilli, responsible for spicing up your food in daily routine. New research suggests capsaicin present in chilli could be beneficial to patient suffering with lung cancer.

The study conducted by researchers at Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine in US, says the compound could slow spread of lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death for both men and women.

Most cancer-related deaths occur when cancer spreads to distant sites, a process called metastasis.

“Our study suggests the natural compound capsaicin from chilli peppers could represent a novel therapy to combat metastasis in lung cancer patients,” Jamie Friedman, one of the study authors said.

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“Lung cancer and other cancers commonly metastasise to secondary locations like the brain, liver or bone, making them difficult to treat,” Friedman stated.

In experiments involving three lines of cultured human non-small cell lung cancer cells, researchers observed capsaicin inhibited invasion, the first step of the metastatic process.

They also found mice with metastatic cancer that consumed capsaicin showed smaller areas of metastatic cancer cells in the lung compared with mice not receiving the treatment.

“We hope one day capsaicin can be used in combination with other chemotherapeutics to treat a variety of lung cancers,” said Friedman.

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