Does the regular consumption of spicy foods decrease the risk for death?

Dr Frank Lipman
Dec 20, 2022

Did you know that eating more spicy foods may be beneficial for healthspan and lifespan?

Study Summary

A study found that people who ate spicy food nearly every day had a 14% reduced risk of mortality compared to those who only ate spicy food once per week. This study was based on Chinese health data.

Another study with American participants also linked the regular consumption of spice (red hot chili peppers) to a decreased risk of death.

A meta-analysis concluded that the consumption of spicy food is associated with a decreased risk for death from all-causes.

The Hearty Take

Lifespan benefits are likely attributable in part to a compound found in spicy foods, called capsaicin, which is anti-inflammatory, helps with blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and protects cellular health. At Hearty, we believe that if you can handle spice, you should consider eating spicier foods on a regular basis!

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