Interview by Sam Biser with Richard Schultz
The theory that you should keep blood away from cancer tumors is all wet.
When used as one SMALL piece of a cancer-killing program, cayenne pepper helps to stop last-stage cancers like brain tumors, prostate cancers and tumors everywhere. Here is a brief introduction to a topic that is covered extensively in my Save Your Life Collection. Sam Biser exclusive
CAYENNE IS NOT A SOLO ACT and it is not a specific anti-tumor agent, but as a small part of full program for killing last-stage cancers like brain tumors, it is mandatory. Cayenne blasts blood into sick organs and takes the healing compounds in your body to the front lines. It is like an ambulance with rocket fuel. It makes every other herb work better.
Before I go into cayenne and cancer, let me give you some basics of cayenne that are not well-known.
My readers are afraid of the heat in cayenne, but it is this heat that can save your life. To me, this heat is the healing power of the sun trapped inside the fruit of cayenne.Cayenne is the name of the species, but there are many varieties: African bird peppers, red savina, habeñeros, jalapenos, serranos, etc. Depending on how much heat they contain, they can all cure you. Do not be led by your fear, but rather by a love of cayenne.
Cayenne is not an irritant. It is considered a counter-irritant. By bringing blood, it can cure tissues which are inflamed and sensitive. Cayenne does sting, but after the sting comes the cure. Even people who cannot take cayenne as a daily medicine can have their life saved by it.
One of the most famous people ever to be saved by cayenne was the famous man of God, Padre Pio of Italy.
Padre Pio was a sainted figure who saved thousands while he was here on earth and after he passed as well. What I just learned was that when Padre Pio was a child, he would have died if not for cayenne pepper.
The year was 1897, and Padre Pio was a child of 10, dying of typhoid fever. His parents took him to the family cottage to die. He asked to be left alone, and did something with cayenne pepper no one expected. He ate a whole bowl of hot peppers that were so hot that the farm hands would not touch them.
He ate them all, and I am sure it was by intuition or divine instruction, which are the same. By morning, he was cured, and lived another 71 years, passing in 1968. [From Padre Pio: The True Story, by C. Bernard Ruffin.]
If I had cancer, would I take cayenne? All the time. Blood brings in nutrition and removes wastes. Its so fundamental, yet all medical and natural therapies ignore this fact. Cayenne may not be a cure on its own. But it is the ground floor of all other cures. How can you take powerful circulation for granted? When you have cancer, dont take anything basic for granted.
How is leaving your body under-nourished and over-toxic going to help you get well? It wont. Flood yourself with cayenne. Remember, blood is the River of Life. Cancer loves the dark, the lack of circulation. Do not be afraid of bringing blood to the tumor. Make your blood healthy blood, and use it to kill the cancer.
If you take cayenne pepper in capsules, you may be wasting your time and never be getting the cures I got with patients. Dr. Richard Schulze
Let me give you an extract from an interview I did with Medical Herbalist Dr. Richard Schulze, who used cayenne pepper as part of his total programs for curing cancers. These programs are thoroughly detailed in the three three volumes and 12 videos of my Save Your Life Collection.
I began by asking...
BISER: How can you say cayenne capsules are bad? Ive heard from readers who took cayenne in capsules and got great results!
SCHULZE: Well, fine. But I had thousands of patients who did the same and who did not get welluntil they took my cayenne orally. I had many patients come in, and I loved to test them.
BISER: What does test mean?
SCHULZE: I used to do herbal experiments with their approval. I had hundreds of patients who would say, Oh, Ive been using cayenne pepper for years. I take this; I take that. Ive been using it every day for 14 years.
So I would sit them down and would either give them some cayenne tincture or some cayenne powder directly in the mouth.
They would tell me that it was like they had never used cayenne pepper before. They would say, I heard my ears pop; I felt a rush of blood to my head. I can feel tingling in my feet and toes. They would give me responses that they never had from taking cayenne pepper for 10, 12, 14, 15 years.
One thing really became evident to me in the clinic: There is only one way to take cayenne, and that is right in the mouth.
BISER: When my readers say, Hey, I dont need to know this, Im already taking cayenne, they were like your patients when they first walked in?
SCHULZE: Yeah, and again, you are only getting a small part of the potential effect of cayenne pepper by taking it in the wrong way. I would give these patients just real tiny amounts. These people might have been taking eight or ten capsules for ten years, and I would give them a drop or a pinch of cayenne.
BISER: Not even your therapeutic dose?
SCHULZE: Not even close. And I never had anybody that just didnt go Holy ----, and hold onto their ears or whateverand notice a big difference.
What was going on is that much of cayennes healing action occurs right in your mouth. As cayenne touches your tongue, the cayenne absorbs in seconds and nerve endings send signals throughout the bodysending waves of fresh blood to wherever you are sick. New healing begins in seconds. These surges of fresh blood do not occur when you bypass the mouth by taking capsules.
In an emergency, a capsulated product is the slowest acting. The person could be stone-cold dead by the time the capsule opens up and goes to work.
BISER: What about people who dont like the taste of cayenne in their mouth?
SCHULZE: Just stay sick. The most minor medical treatments are much more debilitating than a little hot pepper in your mouth.
For people not used to it, they just need to work their way up. One problem people have is that they blow their mind or their mouthright off the bat. For some who have never used cayenne pepper, a good initial dosage is 1/16th of a teaspoonful in some juice.
Most of my patients were sensitive at first. Those same people, in three or four months, would be taking two dropperfuls of my most potent tonic. Some people end up taking six or more dropperfuls a day of cayenne tincture. You build up an ability to use it, just like with anything else. Its not like you need to start off with a whole teaspoon in the mouthand then hold on to the arms of your chair.
BISER: If all this is so, then why do herb companies promote cayenne in capsules?
SCHULZE: They want to sell more. Its for their benefitnot yours. The companies say, How do we get a broader market? Lets make our herbal customers real comfortable. But then the capsules dont work and the patient has to go and get their leg sawed off.
If you want to take herbs, and not notice anything going on with your body, and not be made uncomfortable in any way, and not have any cleansing occurthen take drugs.
Its a shame, because a hundred years ago, cayenne was considered to
be one of the most powerful herbs on the planet. Nowadays, it has become
more of a fad, and people are not getting the healing response that they
are due by taking this herb.
They are taking it the wrong way.
BISER: But all herbalism today is based on herbal capsules!
SCHULZE: This wasnt the way the old-time herbalists practiced. It wasnt the way my teacher, the late Dr. John Christopher, practiced. He got his results with teas and tinctures.
Capsules disconnect people from the herbs they take, so that they have no personal idea whether they are getting good or lousy quality. Capsules also prevent people from getting a reaction in their mouths, which was what Nature intended.
Another great reason not to take cayenne in capsules is that they can make you real sick. They wont cause permanent damage, but you can suffer greatly. Capsules can give you a stomach cramp that will double you over.
When you put cayenne in your mouth, your stomach secretes digestive juices before the cayenne ever gets there. So when the cayenne gets down there, your stomach is all ready for it.
But if you swallow a capsule, your tongue tastes nothing; a capsule goes down in your stomach, and your stomach notices nothingat first. Then, five minutes later the gelatin bursts, and you have a 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper in your stomach and your body goes into shock. You surprised it. Where did this come from?
When you take cayenne in capsules, you get a punch in the stomach. Its a very different reaction. Its like no warm-up or stretch before you do vigorous physical exercise.
BISER: Its like jumping on a treadmill and running!
SCHULZE: Right. After you wake up out of bed, you leap onto the
treadmill, within ten seconds, and go for a ten mile an hour run.
Your body will cramp, because youre forcing blood to the muscles before theyre ready. So this is what happens when you take that capsule cayenne.
You get an almost uncontrollable cramping of those organs, and you just bend right over. If someone is ill with gallstones or has a stomach ulcer, this can be absolutely the wrong way to do it. You can make yourself worse. After years in the clinic, I think it is a dangerous thing to do.
BISER:So using a lower potency cayenne in capsules is not an answer for people who want to go the mild route?
SCHULZE: Why bother? The cayenne in capsules is low quality, in spite of fancy labels and high potency claims. Most cayenne sold comes from third-world countries and is highly sprayed with pesticides. It doesnt work. Patients who used it stayed sickuntil I blew their health problems open with the right stuff.
The lower-heat cayennes are a lot less efficient, and they are the ones that are most highly contaminated. These are the ones you see labeled for 40,000 heat units. They are the ones imported from God knows where: Egypt, China, and so on. These are the ones to stay away from.
The companies pay around $2 per pound for this kind of cayenne. Compare that to the up-to-$48 per pound I have paid for the great, organically-grown stuff.
You cant go by labels. I had a bunch of cayenne yesterday that was just garbagebut the label was impressive. It claimed a 90,000 heat unit, which is high for cayenne pepper in healthfood stores. Cayenne pepper is usually 40, 60 or 70. But I would have rated this stuff at more like 8,000or 5,000. It barely warmed my mouth.
A lot of people claim high heat on particular cayennes. But when you taste them, they are really pathetic. So there is some real garbage out there that is not going to help anybody.
BISER:One popular herbal author said there is no scientific proof that cayenne pepper improves circulation. Any comment?
SCHULZE: Yeahso it must be my imagination that your face turns red when you eat it.
Or maybe your face does turn red, but thats not blood? What is it, food coloring? What an idiot! Then he should just peel the skin off a ripe Habeñero pepper, stick it up his ass, and see if he has any increase in his circulation. An idiot!
BISER: You talk about different dosages of cayenne for different health problems. Most people say, Whats the big deal? You take 3-6 capsules a day. Who needs to know about dosage?
SCHULZE: Cayenne is very dosage-related, like most herbs.
The dose you need to relieve a sore throat is very different than the dose you need for intestinal bleeding, which is very different than the dose you need for a heart attack or a brain hemorrhage.
So, if you take the dose that is proper for a sore throat, hoping that is going to stop Uncle Harrys heart attack, youre going to watch him turn blue and die.
On the other hand, if you take the dose youd use for a cerebral hemorrhage, and use that for a sore throat, you may end up aggravating yourself instead of feeling better.
So dosage in relation to cayenne is very important. If the quality of cayenne is not good, you wont notice ANY difference in your health.
BISER: How did you come to know all of this about cayenne? I assume that when you started, you were like everybody else.
SCHULZE: One of the things I knew after reading books and especially hearing Dr. Christophers stories is that cayenne would be a big healer for my heart.
So I started the way your readers do. I swallowed about four capsules of cayenne pepper and I remember lying on the floor, contracted, lying on my side, but bent over at the waist, and I couldnt move. I could only moan for about 30 minutes and that was from the dosage suggested in one of the books.
I learned immediately that was not the way to take cayenne. I also learned about the quality of cayenne pepperbecause at first I didnt notice any difference with my heart or my circulation.
Today, a lot of cayenne sold has been overheated by processing machines, and the healing ability has been cooked right out of it.
BISER: Most people would think that if you take any amount of cayenne, your condition gets better.
SCHULZE: No, thats not what happened to me or my patients.
There is more to cayenne than just heat. There are flavonoids in cayenne that will heal heart cells and protect your heart. There are vitamins in cayenne pepper that will destroy bacteria and increase your immune system.
The lower quality the cayenne, the less healing occurs. A lot of the cayenne Ive seen has a smoky smell and a dark color to it. Its been heated very high during the powdering process, so a lot of the other nutrients that were in there, enzymes and so on, are gone.
BISER: And when did you find out you had to do better?
SCHULZE: Well, I started becoming a connoisseur.
I first noticed that the hot sauce in a Chinese restaurant in New York, around the corner from where I lived, made me feel better than the cayenne I bought at the local healthfood store
I knew right off the bat, Okay, weve got a problem here: why is the chili pepper in the hot sauce, if its sitting on the table half-rancid, why is it working better for me than the supposedly best cayenne Im buying in a healthfood store?
BISER: So you started smartening up?
SCHULZE: I noticed that the cayenne in the hot sauce started relieving my angina pains, started making my heart beat on a more regular basisand beat slower.
I wasnt noticing that at all from the healthfood store stuff.
I remember talking to the man who owned the Chinese restaurant. I asked him where he got his hot sauce and how he made it. He showed me the chilies he was using.
One thing I find interesting is that the chilies he was using were supposedly the same variety sold by the big herb companies. He wasnt using any real exotic chilies; they were just fresh cayenne peppers at 40,000 heat units. They were the same thing that I was supposedly taking in the capsules, but again, the capsules were powdered. His cayennes were fresh. And that was the reason I was starting to get cured.
The chilies from the restaurant still had their Vitamin A and their Vitamin C and the enzymes and the flavonoids, and all of the other known and unknown things that get destroyed when you heat something up.
But when the herb companies over-grind and overheat cayenne into powder for encapsulation, they wreck it. If you are not careful when you powder herbs, you can cook them by accident.
Theres no other herb that increases your blood flow faster than cayenne. There are none that work faster; none that work better.
BISER: Why do you rank cayenne so highly?
SCHULZE: There is no other herb stronger or more effective than cayenne to make immediate physiological and metabolic changes in the body.
Cayenne moves blood. Without blood flow to sick areas, how can any herb work?
The whole idea of using any herb is to digest the chemicals in that herband then get those chemicals into our bloodstream. Thats what digesting isbut if we dont get that blood to the arthritic joint, or to the cancer tumor, or to the brain malignancy, or to the liverthen forget that herb.
You can take all the milk thistle you want, but if you have bad circulation to your liver, its not going to do you any good. You can take all the ginkgo you want, but if you have bad circulation to your brain, the ginkgo is not going to be able to get up there either.
Cayenne turns your circulation on immediately within seconds, more than any other herb, so really it should be in every herbal formula.
You know, a lot of people look at my brain tonic, and they go, Well, its hot. Thats because, if you want ginkgo in your brain, well, sit back for three hours and wait. Or, I can get ginkgo into your brain in one secondand thats why I added cayenne to the formula.
BISER: The difference is exciting, but strong cayenne is the one herb people dont want to use in anything!
SCHULZE: Thats right. People want formulas to taste good, not hot. Imagine this: all the other herbs get their properties into your blood, but thats not enough. Cayenne gets your blood to the area thats sick. Its the truck all these other herbs go intoand then cayenne drives them to the place where they need to beto get you well.
BISER: So if there is one herb people need to know about, its cayenne.
SCHULZE: Its very simple. Ill say it this way: One thing I saw in my clinic that makes people sicker more often than anything else is blockage of blood flow.
When you have a sick area, the blood flow is blocked off. Blood is what takes nutrition and the healing properties of herbs to those cells. Its also what carries out and removes the crap and waste material. Well, when you have a sick area, the first thing you know is that there is a restriction of blood flow to that area.
Cayenne pepper is like TNT; its like nitroglycerin; it blasts through all that blockage to get to that area thats sick, taking with it all the vitamins and minerals from the food you eat, and all the vital chemicals from the herbs you takeall the way to the sick area.
I dont know of another herb that does it. Its not like there is a replacement. Ive never seen anybody go, Oh well, put this other herb in your mouth and your face turns red.
Sure, there are a few heating herbs like ginger and horseradish, but tell me another herb that I can put in everybodys mouth and, with five hundred or a thousand people in a room, all of a sudden it makes their faces look like cherries. I dont know another herb that will do that, and cayenne does that through your whole body.
BISER: What is the difference between cayenne tincture and cayenne powder?
SCHULZE: I use them both. The tincture is good for emergency medicine, because it is so fast-acting. But I have also saved people with cayenne powder in hot water.
I think the powder is stronger, and is needed in the worst cases. [Note from Sam Biser: My experience also. Powder is best. Tincture or capsules dont come close when you are very ill.]
Wholistic healers are wrong when they say cayenne pepper shouldnt be used by patients with a hot metabolism.
BISER:Well, what about healers who say, Cayenne isnt for this type of metabolism. This person is already too hot and shouldnt have it.
SCHULZE: That is wrong, and Ill tell you why.
When you are talking about herbs for various peoples constitutions and metabolism, were talking about long-term maintenance health care.
When someone is sitting in your driveway gray-blue because they had a heart attack five minutes ago and their heart has been stopped for three minutes, I dont give a damn what their constitution is, okay? Or what their metabolism is! And I dont care if when I bring them back alive, if the cayenne upset their stomach. Thats what we are talking about here.
People will say, I have a hot constitution. I shouldnt use cayenne. Yes and no. People with hot constitutions should not use cayenne every day, 365 days a year, for the rest of their life, but they still need to know how to use cayenne to fix their illnesses and diseases.
BISER:Well, you needed cayenne to fix your own hearteven though you are a hot constitution.
SCHULZE: Absolutely. Every doctor Ive ever seen says I am the wrong constitutional type to take heating herbs and I know that myself. I need all the cooling herbs. Great! Except I was born with a deformed heart, okay? So I could be dead right now taking all the wonderful herbs.
You could have taken cooling herbs like cucumber and fennel and camomile and be done and gone.
I would have been dead before I was 20 years old. I mean, theres a big difference between fixing the problem, and learning what herbs to use for the rest of your life.
I had to use cayenne for 10 years, until I felt that my heart was fixed; now I still use it occasionally. It isnt something I use every day. Unfortunately, most of the practitioners out there are telling people what herbs are best for their constitution as a way of life, for the rest of their life.
Well, they are never going to enjoy the rest of their life because they are going to be dead with their diseasesbecause they didnt use cayenne with their other herbs to get the herbs to that sick area.
Fix your constitution while your heart is still beating.
Again, most of the practitioners out there are talking about herbal maintenance for vitality for the rest of your life. Thats not what your Collection is about. This is about saving your ass when the doctors have dumped you out the door, or you have decided you dont want to go there any more.
When these peoples asses are saved and theres no more illness and disease left on this planet, no more killing diseases, then they can get all these other books and learn how to maintain themselvesbut thats not what were talking about.
Cayenne versus a brain tumor.
BISER: Are there chemicals in cayenne that go against tumors?
SCHULZE: Oh, yes. I see reports on that a couple times a year now. There are chemicals in cayenne, phytochemicals, that have been proven to destroy cancer tumors. But I would use it in cancer for its circulatory benefitsto get the blood circulation up to kill the tumor.
BISER: What effect does cayenne have on cancer?
SCHULZE: As you know, I told you about a patient of mine in our first interview, who took nothing but massive doses of cayenne pepper and cured his terminal brain tumor.
I dont recommend using cayenne by itself for cancer, but thats all he was willing to doand for him, it worked. This man was in his fifties and he was diagnosed with a rapidly advancing, malignant brain tumor. With this kind of tumor, they said that even with surgery, he would only have a 5% chance of survival. When he came to me, it was evident that he had no idea what natural healing really was and he was not going to make any major changes in his lifestyle.
He was a big fan of Dr. Christopher, and asked if cayenne would help him. He said he liked it, and I said, If thats all you are going to do, then you must take it in large doses, and he agreed. After one and a half months of taking massive doses of cayenne pepper, and not much else, his tumor was totally dissolved.
When the doctors discovered that the cancer was gone, they suggested an exploratory brain surgery. He told me he replied, Ill leave my body to science, but not until Im dead, please! This shows you the power of cayenne to stop one of mankinds greatest illnesses.
We get a letter, probably every four to six months, about someone who has healed their cancer using cayenne. It is an herb that a lot of people believe in and notice a result from. At a seminar, someone came up who healed a skin cancer and a leg ulcer. They took cayenne internally and then they used some cayenne right on the skin cancer.
My reader John Lyall used cayenne to help stop massive bleeding from a bladder just treated for cancer.
The treatments were bad enough for this reader of mine, but he also had to endure the side effects. He would be up every hour of the night to urinate. He had no continuous sleep for five months.
A second side effect was bleeding. He would get up in the morning and would pass a bladder full (10-12 oz.) of what appeared to be pure blood. His urologist sent him to the hospital where extensive testing was carried out, but the doctors could find no source or cause of the bleeding.
A third unrelated problem Mr. Lyall had was cold hands and feet, which he had suffered with for four to five years. He was concerned enough about it to consult three doctors, who told him that they could carry on an extensive testing program to try and detect the problem, but the testing could run to thousands of dollars and since he was 86 years old, and wouldnt live much longer, they recommended against it. That was when his copy of my information arrived. My issue on cayenne pepper changed his life. I wish to testify, he states, that the benefits described are real and that it works as described!
He writes, When I saw the size of a teaspoon, I was scared to death to take itso I took 1/4 teaspoon. The result was an immediate glow of warmth throughout my body along with the most wonderful feeling of comfort and goodwill. I just cannot adequately describe itthe feeling that all was well with the world and that I had finally done something right for myself. The glow lasted for six to eight hours, so I waited until the next day and repeated it. After three to four doses, my hands and feet were extremely warm
His bleeding ceased with his first dose of cayenne pepper. He sleeps through the night. As he tells us, My energy level rose such that I no longer would sit down after lunch and fall asleep in front of the TV. My stay in bed at night was reduced from eight to ten hours to seven to eight hours and, upon awakening, I was ready to get up with vigor.
When he went to his opticians for his annual eye exam, he was able to read the chart easily down to the very last line. The optician asked him if he had memorized the chart! There are times when I catch myself reading without my glasses, he marvels.
Mr. Lyall did eventually up his dosage to 1/2 teaspoon. Now hes on a maintenance dose of 1/4 teaspoon once or twice a day, two or three times a week, depending on how he feels. Cayenne pepper has turned my life around, he writes, and may God bless you and your work to bring it to peoples attention.
Deadly brain hemorrhage stopped by cayenne.
This following story is not about a tumor, but it shows how cayenne in combination with other herbs can work inside the brain. As we were going to press, I just received this E-mail from E.R. Nurse Swany Ketchum. Here is what Swany wrote me: I received a call from a Tina L., a mother who believes in natural healing, due to her son of 22 years, who fell while stone-drunk from one story high to cement below, early this year.
She called me to his hospital room because she did not believe the docs who were saying that he would never recover. They had already sneaked cayenne tincture into him from the beginning and the brain bleeding had stopped. The docs could not figure out what had made it stop. They had thought that it would not stop and would kill him.
After I looked at him, I told her, You bet he can come out of this. She believed he would too and we started to work. She had seen your Save Your Life Collection series, and we talked for some time as she learned what to do for her son Aaron.
I had brought a lot of the herbs and formulas that I knew he would need. She was already juicing him, and bowel cleansing. Within a month or three, I can not remember just how long, he began improving. Finally, less than six months he was walking, talking, and doing for himself. He still has a wide stance gait, is insecure, has a difficult time thinking under stress, but he is back!
His mom did the full program (Editor: given in the Save Your Life Collection) while in the hospital and in rehabshe had as his doc, a friend who was semi-sympathetic to natural healing. It worked! They even let him do just juicing instead of Ensure in his gastric tube...wow!
Final words from Sam on cancer and cayenne:
Cayenne is one of the pillars of a cancer program for humans and animals. It should be used as part of a program and not as a substitute for a program. Dont cheat your loved one by using cayenne for cancer all by itself.
I wanted to give you this information on just a single one of the herbs in this cancer-curing program. I wanted you to see how powerful natural healing really is. It is not the feather-light nonsense promoted as alternative healing. You really have no idea what these natural programs can do to cure last-stage cancer when you use everything together at the same time.
Medical References on Cayenne Pepper:
Medical doctors will take another generation before they use the information in my Save Your Life Collection. They are researching cayenne, but only as a isolated chemical and hardly ever the whole plant, and never as a part of a health program.
I thought you might want to know what medical researchers are up to. Here are some medical references for those who feel better seeing them, or for skeptical relatives who wont touch cayenne without it.
1. To test capsaicins effect on carcinogenesis, scientists painted capsaicin on the backs of shaved animals, then applied one of the most potent cancer-causing agents known (DMBA from tobacco smoke) to the skin, with a result of no tumors formed. Surh, YJ et al, Food Chemical Toxicology, vol 34, pg. 313, 1996.
2. Other researchers found that cayenne used regularly lowers the incidence of cancer and seems to block the downhill spiral of initiation and promotion that begins cancer. Unnikrishnan, MC et al, Cancer Letters, vol 51, pg 85, 1990.
3. Recent study reveals substantial antigen toxic and anti-carcinogenic effects of capsaicin suggesting that capsaicin as another important dietary supplement. Surh, YJ et al, Mutation Research 402, 1998.
4. Study administering capsaicin with results suggesting that orally administered capsaicin is chemo-preventive toward NNK-induced tumor genesis. Zhang Z, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, CA. Anticancer Res, 17(2A), March-April, 1997.
5. Influence of capsaicin on bacterial activity in colon cancer. Nalini N, Annamalai, India. J. Ethnopharmacol, 62(1) August, 1998.
6. Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer at University of Nebraska shows that capsaicin may neutralize enzymes that might otherwise turn on classes of other carcinogens. Science News, v134, July 16, 1988.
7. At the concentrations found in chili extract, chlorophyllin and B-carotene showed an anti-mutagenic effect against nitro-aromatic compounds. Espinosa-Aguirre, J.J. et al, Mutation Research, 303, pg 55-61, 1993.
8. Capsaicin inhibited the formation of all metabolites of NNK by all microsomal fractions and inhibited alpha-hydroxylation by phenobarbital-induced microsomes more than by either of the other two treatments in this study. Our results suggest that capsaicin, as a naturally occurring dietary constituent, possesses anti-mutagenic and anti-carcinogenic properties through the inhibition of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes. Miller, CH, et al, School of Medicine, Loma Linda University, CA, Cancer Letter, 75(1) pg. 45-52, November 30, 1993.
9. Capsaicin, protects against experimentally-induced mutagenesis and tumorigenesis. It also induces apoptosis in various immortalized or malignant cell lines. Surh Y, Mutation Research, 428 (1-2), pg. 305-27, July 16, 1999.
10. Capsicum has antitumor properties. Hartwell, J.L., Lloydia, pg 30, 1967-71.
11. Test results suggest that each type of pepper extract tested has more than one anti-mutagenic compound and those functional nutrients apparently have a synergistic effect. Gonzaiz de Mejia, E., School of Chemistry, Mexico, Mutation Resource, 416(1-2), 11-9, August 7, 1998.