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Eating Spicy Food can Help to Live Longer, according to New Research

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Published on : Oct 05, 2015

A lot of research has been going on to search for ways that can help humans live longer. Take the case of the vegetarian diet. A vegetarian diet is expected to help a person live longer. Then there is the Okinawan diet that has also attracted a lot of attention in the past decade. The people on the island of Okinawa tend to live much longer, many go past the age of 100.

People from the Ryukyu Islands, and Okinawa is the largest of these islands have a life expectancy highest in the world. A traditional diet of these islanders consists of large quantities of green and yellow vegetables, sweet potato, and less amount of sugar. Now there is a new type of diet that is expected to help people live longer. A huge study undertaken by a team at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences has tracked the health of approximately half a million participants in China for many years. The researchers found out that participants who ate spicy food one or two times in a week had a mortality rate 10 per cent lower than participants who ate spicy food less than once in a week.

The risk of death declined further for hot-heads eating spicy food six or seven days in a week. Chili peppers were one of the most commonly used spices in the sample and participants that ate fresh chili had an even lower risk of death from conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

According to Lu Qi, one of the authors of the study, the data encourages people to consume more spicy food to improve their health and decrease mortality risk during an early age. He also adds that eating spicy food; however, might not be beneficial for people that have stomach ulcers or other digestive problems

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