It is no accident that “hot” peppers are the backbone of Central- and South American indigenous cuisines. They “love” heat.
The capsicum genus, a branch of the solanaceas family, contains 31 known species, only five of which are domesticated.
Over centuries, these five species travelled from their ancestral places of origin to near and far, and everywhere they were manipulated by framers and shaped by “terroir” to produce a kaleidoscopic array of sub-varieties/
The major pepper originated from capsicum cumonnuum which itself evolved from devilishly hot anonymous peppers long forgotten.
Then there are capsicums chinense, capsicum baccatum, capsicum pubescens and others.
All capsicums are fruits with lustrous skins and ribbed and seed-filled interior.
Oncogene targeting is a frequent strategy in cancer research. In the July 13, 2011 , issue of Nature, scientists reported preclinical successes using a different strategy: by targeting what they termed a non-oncogene co-dependency. “Normal cells become tumor cells through a variety of genetic alterations,” said co-author Anna Mandinova, explaining the co-dependency concept. Most often, those genetic alterations are mutations, though other changes such as insertions and deletions also occur. By the time it starts dividing uncontrollably, a tumor cell has picked up an average of eight to 12 such mutations. Targeted therapies on the market today usually target such oncogenes directly. But the mutated genes are not the only ones whose expression levels change in cancerous cells. A tumor cell undergoes metabolic changes, and is in a hostile environment of low oxygen and nutrients. And “in order to survive these changes,” Mandinova explained, “the cell . . . starts to overexpress or underexpress housekeeping genes.”
Chili pepper is loaded with a broad range of nutritional properties, which makes it immensely healthy for the human body. A diet rich in chili pepper can effectively control many body ailments. Chili peppers have been around for ages. For instance, it is amazing to know that in US, chili pepper has been a part of diet ever since 7500 BC. However, but it is only now that their health benefits are being increasingly recognized by the modern diet experts. The positive impact of chili peppers on your health has been listed below in detail. Read the article to know the many benefits of consuming chili pepper.
Chili peppers can do more than just make you feel hot, reports a study in the August 1 Journal of Biological Chemistry; the active chemical in peppers can directly induce thermogenesis, the process by which cells convert energy into heat. Capsaicin is the chemical in chili peppers that contributes to their spiciness; CPS stimulates a receptor found in sensory neurons, creating the heat sensation and subsequent reactions like redness and sweating.
Millions suffer peripheral pain and other troubling sensations from diseases as varied as diabetes, AIDS, shingles and arthritis. Now a new review suggests that four out of 10 people could experience some pain relief from cream of topical capsaicin, an active component of chili peppers.
The Hartford Courant, October 7, 1998 Hell in a Bottle Don’t let them think stress has scrambled your brains if you put something like Mad Dog Green Amigo Hot Sauce on the dinner table. Or if you feel like sprinkling a few drops of Ring of Fire in the marinade for tonight’s chicken, tell them [...]