The key to longevity has been linked to many things over the years, from this lady who claims booze is her secret, to the more traditional approach of living a healthy lifestyle by working out and eating well.
A recent study out of China now links longevity to eating spicy food. The study found a slightly lower risk of dying young related to eating spicy foods frequently. Basically, for those looking for the elusive fountain of youth, the answer very well may be pain. If you want to live longer, you could live in pain busting your butt to be healthy at the gym, or while enduring copious amounts of painfully tasty spicy food.
The study observed 500,000 people in China between the ages of 30 and 79 over the course of seven years. By the end of the study, approximately 20,000 had passed away. Ultimately, the study found that those who ate spicy food a few times a week were 10% less likely to die during the study, compared to those who ate it less than once a week.
Scientists say there is not enough research as of yet to identify a definitive link and cause between the two. However, it is speculated that it could be attributed to the link between eating spicy foods and lower inflammation, improve breakdown of fat in the body, or modified stomach bacteria.
So, start throwing back more cold ones and enjoy something muy caliente in the name of health.