Similar to the growing popularity of eating hot foods in different forms, the reported health benefits of hot peppers continue to rise at break-neck pace.
The addition of hot peppers, hot sauces and hot powders to food, even though we now refrigerate food, helps to protect us from food poisoning. Eating the hottest pepper would magnify these effects to maximize these health benefits.
This may sound counter-intuitive, but the capsaicin in peppers actually work as an anti-irritant. People with ulcers have been advised for years to avoid hot spicy foods, but research has shown that peppers are helpful to ulcers.
For example, to help digestive problems such as soothing an upset stomach, reducing bowel gas, curing diarrhea and serving as a natural cure for cramps, pepper powder offers trace amounts of anti-oxidants and other chemicals.
It also protects the circulatory system by decreasing blood serum cholesterol and reducing lipid deposits, preventing heart failure and thereby reversing excessive blood clotting. To aid in blood flow, it also dilates the blood vessels.
Have you ever experienced a pain that was your main focus on a part of your body before you had another pain that was worse? When the brain concentrated on the current injury, the initial pain simply vanished.
This phenomenon is what happens when you consume hot peppers with a migraine. Your body becomes desensitized to the migraine and it reduces the overall pain sensation.
Reduces Joint Pain
It can be applied to the skin to reduce the chemical P, the component that brings pain signals to the brain, due to the strong pain-relieving properties of capsaicin from peppers.
Ultimately, by depleting the reserves of the body, the pain receptors exhaust themselves. Once this happens, it acts as a pain reliever for capsaicin. It is efficiently used for shingles and other types of pain
Spicy peppers rev up the metabolic rate by producing heat-generating thermogenic processes in our body. That process uses energy and thus burns extra calories. Furthermore, if hot peppers are eaten at breakfast, the rest of the day suppresses the appetite, which eventually results in weight loss.
Prevents Cancer Risk
Given that capsaicin has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties in pepper flesh, it is being studied as a cancer fighter. It decreases prostate cancer cell proliferation, while leaving normal cells unharmed.
Research also demonstrates that consumption of large quantities of peppers is effective against breast cancers, pancreas and bladder.
Supports Your Immune System
Hot peppers are full of beta carotene and antioxidants that strengthen the immune system and help fight colds and influenza.
Research has discovered that capsaicin-containing nasal sprays minimize congestion. Increased body temperature from hot pepper consumption allows the immune system to take action in the fight against norovirus (cold) and flu viruses.
Goodbye Bad Breath
To keep your significant other attracted to you, eating hot pepper powder acts as a disinfectant to the air you breathe out by improving the odor of your breath.