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Pepper Compound Shows Promise Against Cancer

Pepper Compound Shows Promise Against Cancer
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By    |   Wednesday, 09 September 2015 01:20 PM

Capsaicin, the natural compound that gives peppers their kick, has been shown to kill prostate cancer tumors.

New research found that the compound, now used in medicinal creams that relieve pain, eradicates cancer cells when delivered in high doses while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

The findings in mice, published in the American Chemical Society’s Journal of Physical Chemistry B, suggest capsaicin may one day could come in a new, therapeutic drug or injection to treat cancer.

Lead researchers Ashok Kumar Mishra and Jitendriya Swain found that the molecule binds to a tumor cell's surface and affects the membrane, which surrounds and protects it. Capsaicin lodges in the membranes near the surface and essentially causes the membranes to come apart.

The researchers said the new understanding of how the compound targets prostate cancer cells could pave the way for using it to targed other cancers or health conditions.

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The natural compound that gives peppers their kick has been shown to kill prostate cancer tumors. New research found that capsaicin, now used in medicinal creams that relieve pain, eradicates cancer cells when delivered in high doses.
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