Eating chili peppers may make one live longer, a new research by the American Heart Association has found.

The findings, shared in the recently concluded "Scientific Sessions 2020" virtual conference, said this is because chili peppers have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-cancer and blood-glucose regulating properties in them.

The research, which analyzed 4,728 studies and 570,000 health records of people from the US, Italy, China and Iran, found that people who ate chili peppers regularly had a 26% relative reduction in cardiovascular mortality, a 23% reduction in cancer mortality, and a 25% relative reduction in all-cause mortality.

Despite the findings, don't start stuffing your mouth full of spicy food as yet, as the study needs to be back with more evidence, Dr Bo Xu, one of the researchers, has said.

"More research, especially evidence from randomized controlled studies, is needed to confirm these preliminary findings," Fox News quoted him saying.

The consumption rates were variable among those who ate chili peppers, so it is unclear how much need to be consumed for the health benefits to kick in.

Source: Fox News
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