I’ve got good news for men worried about prostate problems.
Studies show that capsaicin in hot peppers does more than cause your tongue to tingle. Scientists now know it even causes prostate cancer cells to self-destruct!
In fact, capsaicin caused a whopping 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells injected into living mice to undergo apoptosis—a type of cell suicide.
We owe this exciting discovery to researchers from the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and colleagues from UCLA Medical School. They conducted animal studies on the pepper component and published their findings in 2006 in the journal Cancer Research1.
In a statement2 from the American Association for Cancer Research, Sören Lehmann, M.D., Ph.D., a visiting scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the UCLA School of Medicine said, “It [capsaicin] also dramatically slowed the development of prostate tumors formed by those human cell lines grown in mouse models.”
What’s more, another study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine3 showed that capsaicin even caused pancreatic cancer cells grown in mice to self destruct.
But the prostate study highlighted another health benefit of this sensational spice…
Capsaicin Clobbers High PSA Counts
The Cedars-Sinai/UCLA researchers found capsaicin also reduced cancer cell production of prostate specific antigen (PSA). This protein is often abundant in prostate tumors.
Doctors commonly diagnose prostate cancer by checking blood levels of PSA content. Most middle-aged and older men know about the PSA test — I sure do.
Although it’s not a very reliable test for prostate cancer, the new research shows this much: you should test lower for PSA if you eat capsaicin. So if your doctor is bugging you about having a high PSA level, you might want to try capsaicin rather than let him do something more drastic.
There might be much bigger benefits. Since the test detects a substance produced by prostate cancer cells, it seems likely that the capsaicin is actually killing the cancer cells, and that’s how it’s reducing the PSA counts. The research I cited at the beginning of this article suggests that’s exactly what happens.
In a manner of speaking, this spicy nutrient turns up the heat and fries the abnormal cells—which causes PSA levels to drop!
More about that lousy test. . .
Even the National Cancer Institute (NCI) admits the PSA test has limitations4.
In fact, the PSA test has been such a dismal failure in detecting prostate cancer, its inventor, Richard J. Ablin, has been speaking out against his own discovery for more than a decade! Most recently, in a March 2010 edition of The New York Times, Ablin wrote, “The [PSA] test is hardly more effective than a coin toss. As I’ve been trying to make clear for many years now, P.S.A. testing can’t detect prostate cancer. . .The test’s popularity has led to a hugely expensive public health disaster. . .”
A higher PSA reading can be caused by an inflamed or swollen prostate—neither of which is cancerous. But if the test shows false positive results — and it often does — imagine the extra tests and needless anxiety you’ll suffer in the meantime! I hate to think of men undergoing prostate biopsies because of faulty PSA tests.
What’s more, PSA tests can also produce false negative results. What I mean is that the test can show normal PSA levels even though prostate cancer is actually present. The test indicates “no problem” when you’ve got a BIG problem!
For this reason, many doctors use PSA tests along with a digital rectal exam to help detect prostate cancer in men aged 50 and older. But despite these efforts—about 90 percent of prostate cancer cells still may go unnoticed.
A Safer Solution For Protecting Your Prostate
The NCI acknowledges there’s no foolproof way to detect prostate cancer early. So by the time doctors do find the deadly cells—they’ve often spread throughout your body! In fact, your previous cancer tests may have HELPED THE CANCER SPREAD!
Let me explain. Another standard diagnostic tool among mainstream doctors is the needle biopsy — the removal of a small amount of tissue from the prostate, which the doctor sends to a lab to determine if any cancer cells are present.
I have a low opinion of this test and I wouldn’t permit it to be done on myself. It damages the prostate and can easily miss small cancers anyway. Plus if the needle DOES happen to penetrate some cancer cells, there’s reason to believe the cells can spill into your blood stream and spread throughout your body.
I’ve just published a new Special Report called Don’t Touch my Prostate!. I co-wrote it with my valued colleague Susan Clark. The report describes the failures and dangers of the PSA test and biopsies and tells you all about “the Ultimate Prostate Scan.” This is a much safer, more accurate way to find out if you’ve got prostate cancer.
You know I’m not a big booster of mainstream medicine, but high-tech diagnostic tests are one thing they occasionally get right, and the “Ultimate Prostate Scan” is an example. To order my new report click here.
This diagnostic test is merely one part of the report. It also features four treatments for breast cancer and five for prostate cancer, including a type of prostate “surgery” that involves no cutting — not even with a laser. This no-knife surgery completely avoids the damage you face with conventional surgery.
Now, please be clear, the Special Report offers four nonsurgical cancer treatments and I’m confident you can get rid of your cancer with them, especially if it’s early stage cancer (and it WILL be early stage if you follow my diagnostic recommendations).
But some men opt for surgery anyway. Their doctor utters the “C-word” and all they can think of is “cut it out, cut it out, cut it out!” If that sounds like you, my new report will help you with the decision. And if I was the one choosing surgery, I’d definitely explore the “no-cutting” surgery in Chapter 6 of the report.
Regular conventional surgery to remove the prostate is a nasty, expensive business, even the improved “less invasive” types you hear about. One “less invasive” option is the transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
Doctors enter the penis to remove portions of the prostate. But TURP surgery causes lots of bleeding.
Surgeons can stop the bleeding with electrical charges that cauterize the wounds—and “fry” surrounding tissues!
What’s more, prostate surgeries can cause you to experience bladder leakage—or even leakage from your rectum!
That should be enough to put you off conventional doctors and make you willing to try the alternatives in Don’t Touch my Prostate!.
Radiation is another dubious answer
Some doctors may recommend radiation to kill cancer cells. I consider it the worst of the available choices. Radiation damages nearby healthy cells, too. It puts you at higher risk of future cancer by damaging the DNA of normal cells. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute demonstrated that men who receive NO treatment at all for prostate cancer survived at an 81 percent higher rate than those who went through radiation therapy. (Vol. 92, April 19, 2000)
Plus, radiation may damage nerves near your prostate that affect your ability to have an erection. Clearly, conventional prostate cancer cures can be embarrassing… painful… and dangerous!
But the capsaicin study results prove this nutrient safely provides triple protection against prostate cancer, specifically by:
1) Causing prostate cancer cells to disintegrate.
2) Slowing the growth of prostate tumors.
3) Reducing cancer cell production of PSA.
So which men could benefit most from this discovery? Well, just about ALL men—especially considering the four major risk factors for developing prostate cancer5identified by the NCI:
a) Age—Starting from the age of 50, your risk significantly increases.
b) Diet—A high-fat diet with few fruits and vegetables increases risk.
c) Family history—Your risk is 2 to 3 times higher if your father or brother had prostate disease. Also, men whose mothers or sisters had breast cancer appear to run a higher risk for prostate cancer.
d) Race—Black American men experience the highest risk. Abnormal cell growth tends to start at younger ages and grows faster than in men of other races.
The only one of these risks YOU can control is your diet. And based on the capsaicin study results—you might want to consider adding a few spicy peppers to your meals.
If you want to consume the human equivalent of the amount of capsaicin the mice received, Lehmann says it comes to about 400 milligrams, three times a week for a 200 pound man. This could be obtained from three to eight fresh habañera peppers—depending on the amount of capsaicin in each pepper.
You can also purchase capsaicin supplements in a pill, or as a cream, gel, or patch.
I’m not saying capsaicin by itself will solve prostate cancer — I don’t believe in “magic bullets”. But it could prove to be one good bullet in your arsenal for fighting prostate problems!
Obviously, there’s a lot more you can do for good prostate health than eat capsaicin. If you want the full range of good prostate choices — as I see them — then I urge you to purchase my new Special Report, Don’t Touch my Prostate!
1 Mori, A; Lehmann S, O’Kelly J et al. (March 2006). “Capsaicin, a component of red peppers, inhibits the growth of androgen-independent, p53 mutant prostate cancer cells”. Retrieved January 7, 2010 from http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/cgi/content/full/66/6/3222
2 American Association for Cancer Research (2006). “Pepper Component Hot Enough to Trigger Suicide in Prostate Cancer Cells.” Retrieved January 7, 2010 from http://www.aacr.org/home/public–media/aacr-press-releases/press-releases-2006.aspx?d=583
3 Apoptosis (2008). In vitro and in vivo induction of apoptosis by capsaicin in pancreatic cancer cells is mediated through ROS generation and mitochondrial death pathway. Retrieved January 13, 2010 from http://www.springerlink.com/content/33162h41767q7745/
4 National Cancer Institute Factsheet. Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA) Test. Retrieved January 10, 2010 from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Detection/PSA
5 National Cancer Institute (2008). “What You Need To Know About Prostate Cancer.” Retrieved January 10, 2010 from http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/wyntk/prostate/page4