The chili peppers have Mexican origins and are highly appreciated in the international cuisine.
They are known worldwide for their hot and spicy taste.
You can consume them fresh or dried and even powdered. The leaves are also edible but are not as hot as the pepper.
Besides the culinary uses it’s renowned for, the chili pepper has been used for hundreds of years as basis for different naturopathic remedies.
Chili Peppers Health Benefits
Its most potent compound is capsaicin, which is a natural pain killer and fights against inflammation.
The amount of capsaicin is directly proportional to the peppers’ spiciness, so the hotter a chili is, the more effective the remedy.
Studies conducted so far reveal that they also help decrease the levels of blood fats (cholesterol and triglycerides), while dissolving the blood clots that get formed inside the vessels.
Great new for those who can endure their spicy taste!
Chili peppers are a great remedy for alleviating flu symptoms, clearing the mucus in the respiratory tract and in the sinuses.
It also contains high amounts of beta-carotene, which reduces inflammation during colds.
Contrary to popular belief, chili doesn’t contribute to stomach ulcers, but actually prevents them.
They kill the harmful bacteria and stimulate the stomach’s tissue to release protective juices.
If you don’t usually eat spicy foods, don’t make major changes all of a sudden.
Gradually increase your intake at the speed you feel comfortable to do so.
Start by consuming it two or three times a week, and work your way up until you eat it once a day.
The Art of Selecting the Best Chili Pepper
- Always look for the ones that have firm skin and that look fresh.
- They shouldn’t have any cracks near the stem.
- The best peppers you can choose are those vividly colored. Because most likely those that have lost their color have also lost a good amount of the capsaicin contained.
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