There are a lot of peppers out there in the world but if eating pepper is not a part of your culture or habit, it would become a distant ingredient in all your meals. Peppers are great flavors that add taste to food, plus they increase the appetite to eat more. If you’re someone who doesn’t eat enough and can suppress the cravings to eat more, then you should try peppers.
They can improve the immune system through proper bowel movement, aiding good digestion and longevity. The Asian people can prove it. Mexicans eat pepper from young age, they have a norm to eat peppers without shaking. These peppers like jalapenos are rich in capsaicin that serve as a resistance to diseases.
There are many benefits of eating spicy foods. A few of them are mentioned below.
1. Weight loss
Exercise and dieting will always remain the bases for weight loss, cutting down processed or refined foods and eating organic and raw food instead of junk food. According to nutritionist Pamela Peeke, M.D author of the hunger fix, states that eating hot peppers, increases body’s heat which can boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning up to 16 percent. It aids the metabolism as the capsaicin in pepper stimulates brown fat.
2. Heart disease
They also help to lower blood pressure as the blood vessels are being affected and then cause them to dilate which may lead to lowering blood pressure. They also help to prevent blood clots, reversing damage to blood vessels as it may help to lower cholesterol and prevent bad cholesterol from springing up.
Pepper also aids longevity. The Chinese people can bear witness to this, as a study by the Chinese Academy and Harvard school of public health, saw the eating habits of 500,000 people aged between 30-79 in China over a 5-year period, and found out that the people who ate spicy foods six or seven times a week, had a 14 percent lower risk of dying early.
This number might not be huge, but it is highly significant. Why not try to add spices to your meals gradually until you can get to eat pepper comfortably? You can do this with the guidance of your doctor.
4. Cancer prevention
They also help to reduce the growth of cancer and may even prevent it as well. This is due to the Curcumin in it that has an effect on cancer cells. They have the effect to slow breast cancer, stomach cancer, etc.
5. Pain relief
Eating pepper proves to be effective when you are in a pain, as they heal inflammations on the inside. Most of the times, when you are in pain, you see doctors using creams with capsaicin as the main ingredient that helps to relieve pain from the body. If you don’t have a cream with capsaicin as the main ingredient, get ground peppers and use a pinch.
Be sure to let your doctor know before trying medical actions, as your health type would have to agree.
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