What you say? Cayenne pepper and chili flakes in relationship to cancer? The answer is yes! These foods or spices however you want to consider them, are something we should all be eating. Not only are they "active" calories which have been discussed on this blog, they have protective properties! Some of the active benefits of eating these items are that they can stimulate appetite in those who are suffering a loss of appetite due to illness and/or drugs. They are also digestive aids, anti-inflammatories, and antibacterial. The capsaicin that protects chili peppers from disease may also extend that protection to humans! Studies show that capsaicin decreases PSA levels, the antigen whose level normally rises as prostate cancer develops. It may also protect against stomach cancer and may even affect the spread of brain and spinal cord tumors known as gliomas.
My advice to anyone who doesn't currently use these ingredients in your food would be to start doing so immediately. You don't have to drown your food with them, just use them regularly.