The American Association for Cancer Research reports studies suggesting capsaicin is able to kill prostate cancer and lung cancer cells by causing them to undergo apoptosis. The studies were performed on tumors formed by human prostate cancer cell cultures grown in mouse models, and showed tumors treated with capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of the untreated tumors. There have been several mouse studies conducted in Japan and China that showed natural capsaicin directly inhibits the growth of leukemic cells. Capsaicin may be able to trigger apoptosis in human lung cancer cells as well.
Capsaicin is also the key ingredient in the experimental drug Adlea, which is in Phase 2 trials as a long-acting analgesic to treat post-surgical and osteoarthritic pain for weeks to months after a single injection to the site of pain. Moreover, it reduces pain resulting from rheumatoid arthritis as well as joint or muscle pain from fibromyalgia or other causes.
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