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Health benefits of chili peppers
Hot chilies such as jalapeno and habenero peppers contain capsaicin, a compound that acts as both a furnace and medicine chest. And the hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it has. Chili peppers tend to fall in the middle of the heat range- 10 times hotter than jalapenos but 10 times less hot that habaneros. As you might guess, a little chili pepper goes a very long way. And if you've ever bitten into one of these little fiery red devils, you know that the fire is not limited to this tiny pepper's pigment.
When you bite into a fresh chili or eat a big forkful of spicy food,you body immediately reacts by breaking into a sweat. This sweating reaction is beneficial in several ways: speeding up metabolism, increasing blood flow, boosting circulation, and ridding the body of toxins and harmful bacteria.
Besides causing you to sweat and reach for a cold drink, eating chili peppers stimulates the production of saliva and gastric juices. While you might think that anything this hot would wreak havoc on your tummy, chili peppers may actually have soothing effect and may help relieve indigestion and gas. They may even soothe existing ulcers by boosting production of mucous, helping to protect and heal them.
The natural reactions of peppers make consuming it useful for people suffering from variety of ailments, from common cold to lethargy. Chili peppers has been revealed to be a deterrent against pain both internal and external. At the same time, it also stimulates the brain to produce endorphins, whose effect compares with that of morphine. This is great news for people combating chronic pain associated with conditions like arthritis, rheumatism, and severe short-term illnesses like shingles.
Chili peppers are also rich in vitamin C and gives us a solid dose of beta-carotene. beyond providing these 2 essential nutrients, it is also thought to contribute to lowering, protection against heart disease and stroke, and preventing blood clots.
Contrary to common opinion, chili peppers will not cause stomach problems, but taken in very large amounts it may damage the liver and kidneys or exacerbate ulcers.
People who suffer from nosebleeds, pregnant women, and nursing mothers may want to limit their consumption.
If you are using fresh chilies, discard the seeds, as they can be toxic, and always remember to wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes or any cuts on your body.