Anti-Cancer Effects and Mechanisms of Capsaicin in Chili Peppers


Cancer is a major cause of morbidity and mortality all over the world and a promising area of cancer research is concentrated on chemoprevention by nutritional compounds. Capsaicin, traditionally used as a food additive and an analgesic, is one of the main pungent ingredients in chili peppers. Recent studies have shown that capsaicin has anti-cancer effects in various types of cancer model. The purpose of this review is to outline the anticarcinogenic effect of capsaicin and its mechanism.

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Cao, S. , Chen, H. , Xiang, S. , Hong, J. , Weng, L. , Zhu, H. and Liu, Q. (2015) Anti-Cancer Effects and Mechanisms of Capsaicin in Chili Peppers. American Journal of Plant Sciences, 6, 3075-3081. doi: 10.4236/ajps.2015.619300.

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