Does Spicy Food Increase Risk of Dementia?

Study suggests, spicy peppers may be unhealthy, lead to dementia

Islamabad (25th July, 2019): Spices are used in many parts across the globe to enhance the taste of their local dishes however, recent study suggests that spicy food leads to heightened risk of dementia.

Recent study proposes, that use of spicy peppers in many cuisines globally can cause serious and immediate damage to health, especially peppers such as the Carolina Pepper. It was reported in 2018, that a man from the United States had been rushed to the emergency room with a thunderclap headache because he ate a Carolina Pepper as part of a dare in a hot pepper eating competition.

While there are people who love spicy peppers, most cuisines prefer milder varieties of this spice, for instance, jalapeños, cherry peppers, cayenne pepper and habaneros et cetera. A study conducted on potential effects of chilli peppers on heath from 2017 found that eating red hot chilli peppers was associated with low mortality risk. Additionally, the main ingredient in hot peppers which primarily constitutes for the spice level is capsaicin, is believed to play vital role in effects in health.

However, while studies have observed an association between consumption of peppers and/or chillis with health, so far no research has delved into how the spices may affect one’s cognitive decline.


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