HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHILLI

Chilli. Flavour, Spice Is Good For You

Not only does chilli add amazing flavour to your foods, but they have a whole list of hidden health benefits. Think Vitamins including E, A, K, B6, B2, B3 along with some fibre, copper, iron and manganese. So, let us tell you just what all of these do for you and give you a few more reasons to love chilli. **Please note - we are not health professionals (we’re chilli lovers) – this is only general information.

Anti-Inflammatory

Chillies’ have this great substance in them called capsaicin. This is where all the spice comes from! So essentially the spicier the chilli the more capsaicin it has in it. There’s evidence that suggests that it’s effective when it comes to sensory nerve fibre disorders such as arthritis and psoriasis.

Provides Pain Relief

The beauty that is capsaicin also provides a bit of pain relief. It targets pain receptors without causing the sedative side effects of some typical painkillers as it doesn’t affect your nerve cells.      

Boosts Circulation

By reducing blood cholesterol along with a few others things which essentially increases the body’s ability to dissolve fibrin, acting as a natural blood thinner which reduces blood clots and the likelihood of strokes and heart attacks.

Heart Health

By reducing blood cholesterol along with a few others things which essentially increases the body’s ability to dissolve fibrin, acting as a natural blood thinner which reduces blood clots and the likelihood of strokes and heart attacks.

Clear Congestion

Chillies’ are pretty effective in clearing out those nasal passages of yours, and pretty quickly too. To get into the nitty gritty of it the heat from the capsaicin stimulates secretions which assists in clearing that stubborn mucus from places it shouldn’t be!

Boosts Immunity

This is where the wonder that is Vitamin A and C comes in to play! These vitamins are renowned for their ability to boost your immune system, which combined with the capsaicin which as we mentioned can help clear your congestion and phlegm. All together it makes for a hell of a flu remedy!

Lose Weight

So if you don’t love capsaicin enough already, it is also a thermogenic compound which gets those fat cells burning and can raise your metabolic rate. Your body uses energy as a result of all the heat you feel, and the more energy you use, the more calories you lose.

Helps Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Capsaicin makes a reappearance here in its assistance to fight prostate cancer by inhibiting its growth. It has seen to work even better with Docetaxel (a chemo drug) where in combination together enhances the drug’s effectiveness.

Help Prevent Stomach Ulcers

For many years’ chillies have been blamed for causing stomach ulcers, however this just isn’t true. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Capsaicin has been found to stimulate acid, alkali and mucus secretions, and improve blood flow in the stomach which helps to protect your stomach against ulcers and to help heal them.

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