Many times the reason that a cure for many diseases aren’t found for a long time is that the cure is so ridiculous no one ever tries it. You must try everything and eliminate the wrong answers. A reporter once asked Edison if he failed because after 10,000 tries he was still unable to come up with a working light bulb. Edison replied “I have not failed. I have found 10,000 ways that won’t work. Of course history tells us that Edison did not fail. Now scientists have found something that makes cancer cells self destruct and inhibits them from spreading. Peppers. Hot peppers.
The ingredient in peppers that make them hot is Capsaicin. It’s Capsaicin that gives chili peppers their zing. Currently they know only that Capsaicin works on breast cancer cells. But they have hopes that it will work on various other types of cancer, too. But they have found that by infecting the diseased cells with Capsaicin, that the diseased cells self destruct. The problem is the delivery method. Capsaicin isn’t effective if it’s eaten, inhaled or injected, and researchers think it will only be effective as a pill attached to another drug that targets cancer cells.
Dr Lea Weber, writing in the journal Breast Cancer – Targets and Therapy, said: “Capsaicin is capable of inducing apoptosis (cell death) and inhibiting cancer cell growth in many different types of cancer, for example, osteosarcoma, colon, and pancreatic cancer cells, while normal cells remained unharmed.”
When capsaicin reaches a cancer cell, the spicy ingredient attaches itself to the edge of the cell known as the cell membrane and switches on a cell receptor called TRPV1.
The receptor TRPV1 is a channel that controls what substances such as calcium and sodium go in and out of the cancer cell.
When TRPV1 is switched on by capsaicin, the cancer cell is sent into overdrive and starts to self-destruct.
As more and more cancer cells die, the tumour is stopped from growing larger.