Chili Peppers — Nature’s Miracle
Read and learn about this powerful vegetable:
These spices are known for the hot flavor, hot peppers are primarily used for culinary purposes, as a spice added to various dishes and also as sauces.
Chili doesn’t just offer culinary uses but it is well known for the health benefits, it can also be used for self-defense
There are many kinds of chili peppers but the most popular varieties of chili peppers are; Cayenne, jalapeno, habanero and serrano peppers.
Chili spices were first cultivated by farmers in Central and South America, regions whose cuisines are well known for their piquant flavor. Today, hot peppers are grown all over the world, but the largest commercial producers are; Mexico, China, Spain, Nigeria, and Turkey.
Chili contains a bioactive plant compound known as capsaicin, which is in charge for its hot and spicy kick. Capsaicin is concentrated in the white inner membrane and seeds; the more capsaicin it contains, the spicier is the pepper. Whether eaten fresh, dried or powdered, chili peppers can set fire on your tongue and even tears in your eyes.
What Makes Chili Peppers Healthy?
Capsaicin doesn’t offer just a pungent oral sensation in your mouth, the endorphin rush makes this chemical compound an effective cure for pain and other medical conditions.
Dr. Aswin Mehta, the director at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, says: “capsaicin is used for all kinds of arthritis pain, for neuropathic pain as well as dermatologic conditions that have a painful itch. Capsaicin has shown promise in weight loss by helping reduce calorie and shrinking fat tissue.
Chili peppers also offer the benefits below:
- Helps Fight Inflammation
Capsaicin has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory property, and it has shown potential for treating inflammatory diseases and cancer. Actually, a research published indicated that it can suppress the growth of prostate cancer.
- Boosts Immunity
Chilies are rich in beta-carotene, which is transformed to vitamin A in the body. This vitamin is important for maintaining healthy mucous membranes to protect the body from invading pathogens, the microorganisms that cause disease.
They are also rich in vitamin C, which helps the body to produce white blood cells that fight germs.
- Helps Reduce Insulin Levels
Another well-known benefit of eating chili is that they help with blood sugar level management. A study concluded that the regular consumption of chili peppers may reduce the risk of hyperinsulinemia (the blood’s high insulin levels).
- Protects Your Heart
Capsaicin helps the reducing of triglycerides, cholesterol and platelet aggregation. Studies have shown that it may support the body in dissolving fibrin, which can prevent the formation of blood clots.
Cultures that use chili peppers regularly in cooking have a much lower heart attack and stroke rates.
- Prevents Sinusitis and Relieves Congestion
An additional health effect of the compound capsaicin is the ability to address nasal congestion by helping clear mucus from your nose. It has antibacterial properties and can fight chronic sinus infections.
Chili also contains other beneficial compounds, including:
- Capsanthin – Is the primary carotenoid – an antioxidant- in red peppers, giving them the red color and typically accounting for up to 60 % of the antioxidant content.
- Lutein – Most plentiful in immature, green chili peppers, it can help to maintain and improve eye health.
- Violaxanthin – Is the main carotenoid found in yellow chili peppers, which accounts for 38 to 69 % of their total content.
- Sinapic acid – Known as sinapinic acid, an antioxidant which is known for its neuroprotective potential.
- Ferulic acid – This compound is known that can in protection against diabetes, cardiovascular and cancer diseases.
The Other Uses of Chili
Chili doesn’t just offer health and culinary uses, it is also used for self-defense. The OC (Oleoresin Capsicum), the extract from red hot chili peppers, is the active element in pepper spray. Pepper spray can cause the breathing difficulties, runny nose, pain in the eyes and momentary blindness.