In a world where everyone is searching for the breakthrough “next best thing,” we sometimes overlook what’s been right in front of us all along.
For example, the historical use of hot peppers, and as more studies emerge, the astonishing health benefits they provide.
One significant study found that adults who ate at least one fresh or dried hot red chili pepper per month for twenty years decreased their chances of death by 13%. That’s a pretty impressive outcome for such little work!
So, what’s the magic ingredient that makes hot peppers a super-health food? Capsaicin. Capsaicin is the chemical found in jalapenos peppers, cayenne peppers, and other chili peppers that’s responsible for their spice.
Capsaicin works overtime to aid and fight off various health-related issues. In continuation of Nutex’s 2020 health trend series, we’re breaking down the research-based ways hot peppers can improve your health.
Help Yourself with Hot Peppers
A few of the scientifically proven benefits of hot peppers include:
1. Helps Metabolism and Weight Loss
If you’re trying to lose weight, you can benefit from kicking the spice level up a notch on your meals. Research shows that capsaicin affects metabolism by raising body temperature, resulting in the use of more energy. By utilizing energy, your body burns more calories. Studies have also shown that eating hot peppers in the morning has a lasting effect on suppressing your appetite throughout the day.
2. Supports a Healthy Heart
Red peppers are said to aid the circulatory system and lower blood serum cholesterol, as well as reducing lipid deposits. This helps to reverse blood clotting and help regulate better blood flow.
3. Strengthens Your Immune System
Hot peppers are packed with antioxidants and beta carotene, which help your immune system fight off colds and the flu. Eating peppers also reduces fungal pathogens and fights against 16 fungal strains that cause fungal infections.
4. Relieves Joint Pain
When applied to the skin, capsaicin is proven to reduce Chemical P, the chemical that carries messages of pain to the brain. Once the pain receptors exhaust themselves, the capsaicin acts as a pain reliever. It’s successfully been used to alleviate pain from shingles, HIV neuropathy, and more.
5. Soothes Migraines
When you have a migraine, it’s hard to focus on anything other than the pain in your head. If you’re looking for a holistic way to get some relief, try chewing on a hot pepper. When you consume hot peppers while experiencing a migraine, your brain reroutes its attention to the spice. The overall sensation decreases because your body desensitizes to the pain in your head. There are also forms of nose sprays containing capsaicin used to treat headaches by numbing the brain’s trigeminal nerve.
Capsaicin is also shown to prevent allergies, cure bad breath, mitigate psoriasis, and help improve the digestive tract. Additionally, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatories found in capsaicin are being studied as possible cancer-fighting properties. Research has proven that the consistent consumption of peppers effectively fights against pancreatic, breast, and bladder cancers.
Next time you take a trip to the grocery store, load up on some hot chili peppers. Your body will thank you later!
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