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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

6 reasons why you should include chili peppers in your diet

Chili pepper or chilli is a member of the nightshade family that has its origin in the Americas. This fiery spice not only adds heat to our food but has surprising health benefits too.

Good for heart: Vitamins A and C along with bioflavinoids strengthen blood vessels, making them elastic and better able to adjust to blood pressure fluctuations. It also lowers cholesterol, and to reduce the amount of fibrin in the blood.

Relieves pain and reduces inflammation: Capsaicin, which is the main component in chili pepper, inhibits Substance P, which is associated with inflammatory processes, and provides pain relief for migraine and sinus headaches. It also stimulates the release of endorphins that are natural pain killers.

Helps clear congestion: Chili helps to stimulate secretions that aid in opening your nasal passages. It also contains antibacterial properties that help fight chronic sinus infections.

Helps burn fat: Studies suggest that capsaicin can help speed up metabolism and reduce fat tissue, as well as curb overeating by taming appetite.

Fights cancer: According to researchers, capsaicin found in Chilis makes prostate cancer cells to kill themselves.

Lowers blood sugar levels: A study has shown that eating chillies can help control insulin levels after a meal. The amount of insulin needed to lower the body`s blood sugar level following a meal was reduced by a staggering 60%.

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