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There is good news lovers hot and spicy food – the chili inside it can help you live longer. Researchers the University Vermont College of Medicine the US have discovered that capsaicin, the active ingredient hot red chili peppers, may boost the metabolism, strengthen the cardiovascular system and help reduce high blood pressure and obesity. They said people who regularly ate hot red chili peppers had a 13 per cent reduced risk premature death compared those who did not eat them. They concluded that: "The consumption hot red chili pepper was associated reduced mortality. Hot red chili peppers may be a beneficial component the diet."

The researchers surveyed a total 16,179 adults a period six years. Survey participants answered questions their health, lifestyle, income and eating habits. The researchers analysed the deaths that occurred the 18 years the survey. A total of 4,946 the participants died. Of these, 21.6 per cent regularly consumed chili compared 33.6 per cent who did not. This led the researchers to believe hot red chili peppers helped prolong life. Britain's National Health Service urged people not to rely one "superfood" like chili to stay healthier. It said: "Eat a balanced diet high a variety fruit and vegetables, limit salt, sugar and saturated fat, stay active [and] avoid smoking."

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