Chili peppers may fight heart disease

March 28, 2012 2:51:20 PM PDT
Adding hot peppers to diets may be good for the heart.

A new study finds chili peppers are heart-healthy good, with potential to fight heart disease. Capsaicin is the hot substance that gives habaneros, jalapenos and other peppers their heat.

Scientists presented the study at the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. They reported the capsaicin and another chemical lower cholesterol levels and block a gene that makes arteries contract, allowing more blood to flow through blood vessels.