Cancer breakthrough: CHILLIES can ‘self-destruct’ cancer cells – scientists discovery. Natural Compound, Capsaicin in HOT SAUCE Can KILL CANCER CELLS.

Capsaicin, the active ingredient that gives chillies their bite, surrounds the deadly growths and makes them ‘self-destruct’, scientists have claimed.

The research, from Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, found the eye-watering component can trigger certain defenses in the cell membranes that surround cancerous cells.

Lead researcher Dr Lea Weber, was very enthusiastic about the findings.

Commenting on the research in the journal Breast Cancer – Targets and Therapy, she said: “Capsaicin is capable of inducing cell death and inhibiting cancer cell growth in many different types of cancer.

“For example, osteosarcoma, colon, and pancreatic cancer cells, while normal cells remain unharmed.”

According to scientists, the active tongue-tingling ingredient triggers a cell receptor known as TRPV1, which influences the substances cancer cells can feed on.

In turn, the cancerous growth fights to battle it and eventually self-destructs. As they all self-destruct, the growth of the cancerous tumour is completely stunted.

But before you go stocking up on chilies – there’s a catch.

Researchers say capsaicin isn’t effective if eaten.. Instead it must be formulated into an oral tablet and form of a wider anti-cancer treatment, alongside other drugs that target the cells.

Dr Weber explained: “In this study, we aimed to identify the TRP channels in different breast cancer subtypes and to investigate the effect of TRPV1 ligand (capsaicin) on breast cancer progression.

“To our knowledge, no studies have yet conducted a large-scale comparative study of the TRP channels expression profiles in breast cancer cell lines.

“In all our experiments, a significant reduction in cell proliferation after capsaicin stimulation was observed.

“This finding was in accordance with the results of other scientists, who demonstrated a significant decrease in the cell growth rate of MCF-7 breast cancer cells upon capsaicin stimulation.”

The research comes after news the SNP cancer treatment policy is in crisis as more thousands receive delayed care.

Reportedly, more than 9,000 cancer patients have waited longer than they should since the SNP launched a ‘new approach’ to beating the disease.

Chillies could STOP breast cancer: Spicy ingredient can cause ‘bad cells to self-destruct’

THE spicy ingredient in chillies could stop breast cancer in its tracks by causing the diseased cells to self destruct, scientists revealed.

Capsaicin, the compound that gives chilli its kick, can switch on specialised channels surrounding cancer cells causing them to die.

But before you spice up your food, researchers think it will only be effective as a pill attached to another drug that targets cancer cells.

Scientists from Ruhr-University in Bochum, Germany, treated human samples of breast cancer cells with the hot ingredient to find out more about its ability to destroy 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.

Dr Weber said: “In this study, we aimed to identify the TRP channels in different breast cancer subtypes and to investigate the effect of TRPV1 ligand [capsaicin] on breast cancer progression.

“To our knowledge, no studies have yet conducted a large-scale comparative study of the TRP channels expression profiles in breast cancer cell lines.

“In our experiments, a significant reduction in cell proliferation after capsaicin stimulation was observed.

“This finding was in accordance with the results of other scientists, who demonstrated a significant decrease in the cell growth rate of MCF-7 breast cancer cells upon capsaicin stimulation.”

But capsaicin isn’t effective if it’s eaten, inhaled or injected.

Dr Hanns Hatt, who contributed to the new research, said: “If we could switch on the TRPV1 receptor with specific drugs, this might constitute a new treatment approach for this type of cancer.”

And earlier studies have shown that the chemical arvanil, which has a similar chemical make-up to capsaicin, is effective against brain tumours in mice.

The chemical reduces tumour growth in the animals’ brains…

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