Chili Pepper Travels & Turmeric Medicinal Chemistry

By Science & Food | January 26, 2017 10:00 am

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How obsessed with spicy are you? Ecologist Joshua Tewksbury from the University of Washington is willing to travel thousands of miles to Amboró National Park in central Bolivia just to answer one burning question: Why are chilies spicy? For those who prefer a different kind of spicy, a study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry can shed light on why turmeric is a better spice than a home remedy.

What’s So Hot About Chili Peppers? – Smithsonian

Turmeric: A Powerful Anti-Disease Or Just A Spicy Mix? – iTech Post

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