Published on May 26th, 20140
What’s the connection between pain, peppers and life expectancy?
Blocking the body’s ability to feel pain increases lifetime and one of the ways to alleviate the pain is regular consumption of chilli, says a researcher.
Recent experiments on mice had shown that blocking reception of pain signals to the brain leads to increased lifespan. Mice, after a genetic mutation, did not synthesized TRPV1 - a protein that acts as a pain receptor - lived longer (about 14 % more). In addition, they were healthier: less of them had cancer and their metabolism and their memory deteriorated slower as they get older.
In other words, the pain seems to lead to accelerated aging of the organism, and eliminating the sensation of pain, aging could be slowed and the body would stay healthy longer. The results of this study were published in the journal Cell.
In this study, Andrew Dillin, a researcher at the University of California, suggested that regular consumption of capsaicin (the substance that gives chili peppers their spicy taste) could slow the metabolic decline and prolong life because this substance also has an influence pain inhibitory receptor TRPV1.
Alternatively, many drugs that are already in use, including a migraine pill, affect the way the pain sensor works.
Scientists are around the world are searching for a ‘forever young’ drug that will give us a long and healthy old age.
Some say the science is moving so quickly that it will soon be possible to prevent many of the ills of old age.
By taking a pill a day from middle-age, we will grow old free from illnesses of the body and mind such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease.
Some scientists believe that eliminating the pain of various origins, these people could remain active for a longer period.
Source: Mail Online