Spicy, hot and tantalizing! Chili peppers, a bounty bestowed by Nature are readily available throughout the year. Adding depth and enhancing the flavors of cuisines, chili peppers are used around the world by the brave musketeers who are strong enough to deal with the heat.
A fruit of the Capsicum pepper plant, chili peppers are known for their hot flavor. Belonging to the nightshade family, the chili peppers are scientifically known as Capsicum annuum. A vast variety of chili peppers is available in the market, among which Cayenne and Jalapenos are extremely sought after for their exotic flavor.
The chili peppers contain capsaicin, a bioactive plant compound that gives the pepper a hot taste and pungent smell along with other health benefits.
The health benefits of chili peppers are as follows:
- Fights Inflammation:
Substance P is a neuropeptide linked to inflammation within the human body. As stated earlier, chili peppers contain capsaicin which is an active inhibitor of Substance P. The hotter the chili, the greater amount of capsaicin it contains. This means, consuming hot chili peppers can inhibit the inflammation process leading to a stronger immune system.
- Pain Reliever:
In the present era, osteoarthritis pain is recognizably cured through topical capsaicin. As per various studies pertaining to diabetic neuropathy and pain management; the regular usage of topical capsaicin can ease the pain associated with this condition.
- Heart Health:
Cayenne, red chili pepper is used to reduce the platelet aggregation, blood cholesterol levels, triglyceride levels, along with the bolstering the body’s natural ability to dissolve fibrin. This helps prevents blood clots and ensures a healthy heart.
In cultures where red chili peppers are used in abundance, have reported a significantly low rate of heart attack, pulmonary embolism, and stroke.
- Clears Respiratory Track:
Congested lungs and stuffed noses are common ailments that can be easily cured through the capsaicin found in chili peppers. The heat of the chili helps in stimulating secretions which clear the mucus from your respiratory tract leading to a healthier respiratory system.
- Boosts Immunity:
The bright red color associated with red chili pepper indicates the presence of pro-vitamin A and beta-carotene. Vitamin A is also known as the anti-infection vitamin that ensures a healthier urinary tract, mucus membranes, clear nasal passage, and lungs becoming a defensive barrier against pathogens.
By incorporating, two teaspoons of red chili pepper in your intake can suffice for almost 6% of your Vitamin C along with 10% of your Vitamin A needs.
- Prevents Ulcers
A myth associated with chili peppers is that they contribute to stomach ulcers. However, this is not the case. According to studies, chili peppers help prevent ulcers by killing the bacteria ingested. Moreover, it also stimulates the stomach’s cell lining to secrete protective ulcer buffering juices.
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