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Hot off the press: a large-scale study has found that regularly eating chilli peppers may increase our life expectancy by up to a quarter.

Capsaicin, the compound which gives chilli peppers their kick, can have anti-inflammatory, blood-glucose regulating and anticancer effects on our bodies.

While the reasons behind these findings, and the amount and type of chilli peppers that need to be consumed, are still unknown, there is no doubt that eating spicy food is good for us.

And, just by the way, the nerve fibers, which react to capsaicin and make us feel heat and pain, can be trained to gradually become less sensitive.

Time to spice up our lives.

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