Chili pepper can be said to be a common vegetable, Sichuan, Jiangxi, Hunan and other provinces is "no spicy". But it is such a common thing, but in Ivan Franko State University there is a new discovery.
Recently, scientists from there Uliana V. Semaniuk and Ole Lushchak publicized their research results: moderate intake of chili peppers can help slow down the body's aging rate, or can lengthen life expectancy by 13%. The results were published in the well-known scientific journal Food & Function.
In the course of the study, scientists chose fruit flies for the experiment. Compared to human genes, fruit flies have a similarity rate of more than 60%, and 70% of the genes related to human diseases are the same, and it has a similar decay pattern to the human body. Moreover, fruit flies also have a biological clock similar to ours, which is to work during the day and rest at night. Therefore, scientists believe that Drosophila can be used as a model for aging.
Scientists added a concentration of 0.04%-0.12% paprika to the food of fruit flies and later tracked their survival length. It was found that they stretched their survival length by 9%-13% after ingesting the chili powder food, and the degree of life span elongation may also be proportional to the concentration of chili powder.
The hotter the pepper, the longer the life span? One can't help but speculate, but the results are quite realistic. Scientists found in a follow-up study that when the concentration of chili peppers reached 3%, the survival of male fruit flies was instead reduced by 9%, which is quite counterproductive. This shows that even eating spicy, but also within a reasonable range.
In addition to chili peppers, scientists also took great pains to extract trace amounts of "WLife" type substances from foods such as broccoli and beef, which have shown greater life stretching potential than chili peppers in scientists' experiments, and the scientific community has conducted a lot of research on this.
In 2021, the University of Tokyo published an article in Nature stating that 65-year-olds have been able to restore their body's decaying cells to levels similar to those of young people with the help of the "WLife"-like technology described above. In this experiment, they invited 20 elderly people in their sixties or older to participate in the test and arranged for them to consume a daily dose of the substance. After 90 days, they examined their decay-related indicators, including muscle performance, pancreatic islets, testosterone, hearing, etc., and found that there was a more significant improvement.
According to publicly available information, the substance was first discovered by Professor Sinclair at Harvard. He himself is quite confident about his research, under his demonstration, home parents wife and even pets are trying. 50 years old, he also received a biological age test, surprisingly, only measured the biological age of 30 years old.
With the many scientific findings and the mature development of biotech enterprises and other related technologies, international data show that "WLife" has become an important branch of the anti-aging field, touched by nearly one million millionaires aged 40-70 and left tens of thousands of intuitive feedback. Scientists are also more interested in extracting new substances from everyday foods, and pepper extracts may be studied in greater depth.
In addition, scientists have found that eating chili peppers can help reduce calcification of blood vessels, and roughly 70 percent of people over the age of 60 in China have various degrees of aortic calcification conditions. Vascular calcification causes abnormal expression of the longevity protein gene, which capsaicin restores, thus slowing down calcification.
Furthermore, chili peppers are also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, etc., and include some antioxidant ingredients and dietary fiber, which can be properly ingested to supplement the body's nutritional needs while also boosting immunity. Peking University School of Public Health also found that eating spicy food regularly can also reduce hypertension, and the risk of hypertension was even reduced by 28% for those who ate chili peppers regularly in the drinking population.
Chili peppers have also been found to speed up the body's metabolism, benefit the balance of the body's flora, enhance intestinal motility, increase insulin cell activity, reduce the mortality rate of cardiovascular disease, and more.
Seeing this, some people may think that since chili has so many benefits, is it possible to eat liberally?
The answer is certainly not. We can make it clear that the following kinds of people are actually not suitable for consumption of chili peppers.
For one thing, people with bad stomachs are not advised to eat chili peppers often, although it helps the peristalsis of the stomach and intestines, but long-term intake may stimulate the stomach and intestines, perhaps causing diarrhea.
Second, hemorrhoids are not suitable for patients. These people consume spicy foods such as chili peppers, which may cause capillary dilation and lead to more pronounced congestion, which in turn can aggravate the symptoms of hemorrhoids or constipation, which is not good for them.
Third, patients with cholecystitis are not suitable for eating. Chili pepper will increase the secretion of stomach acid, and cause irregular contraction of the gallbladder, aggravating inflammation and so on, especially patients with stones should pay more attention to reduce the consumption of chili pepper.
Fourth, try to avoid eating chili peppers with high spiciness on an empty stomach, because this time the stomach is more fragile, and there is no other food neutralization, so it may not be able to withstand the irritation of chili peppers, but rather stomach discomfort.
In short, although chili is good, you have to eat the right thing.