First of all, the prostate is a walnut-sized gland found just below the bladder and in front of the rectum. As a man grows old, however, it naturally increases in size. It is an organ belonging to the male reproductive system that secretes the prostate fluid, one of the components of semen.
The prostate fluid contains the enzyme, prostate-specific antigen or PSA, that ‘dilutes’ the semen to make it easier for sperm to swim around. This fluid also provides nutrition. There is one other notable function of the prostate. It has smooth muscles that contract during ejaculation to force the stored semen out into the urethra. Considering the facts stated, it is clear that the prostate is important to a man.
Prostate cancer is when the cells in the prostate gland start to grow uncontrollably. So, if one is diagnosed with prostate cancer, what are the possible course of actions? For serious cases, prostatectomy – the process of removing part or all of the prostate including the tissues surrounding it – is one of them. But natural remedies are available that can decrease the amount of prostate cancer cells and consequentially lessen the size of the tumor.
Studies have shown that capsaicin has an anti-proliferative effect on prostate cancer cells due to its ability to induce prostate cancer cells to apoptosis or cell death. This was discovered by a team of researchers from Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center when 80 percent of the prostate cancer cells died in capsaicin-treated mice that also possessed tumors only a-fifth of the tumors that the non-treated mice had. If we convert the amount of capsaicin given to the mice to accommodate a 200 pound man, it would amount to 1.2 grams per week.
So, what is capsaicin?
Capsaicin is the active ingredient of chili peppers. This is what produces the sensation of burning when we ingest hot peppers. Common hot peppers, like the Jalapeno, contain about 0.01 grams to 6 grams of capsaicin a piece. It actually makes it a viable alternative treatment for prostate cancer, given that it is not serious.
If you are somehow not fond of experiencing a burning sensation, especially since the Jalapeno scores 2,500 to 3,000 heat units in the Scoville Heat Index… Jalapeno supplements DO exist.