Monday, December 15, 2014

Why Eat Chilli Peppers?

Chilli peppers are often associated with Mexican and Spanish food, but they have been cultivated for culinary purposes virtually all over the world. However, it’s not just their uses in food that have made them so popular. Chilli peppers have also been used medicinally for thousands of years, particularly in Asia.

 
There are a number of peppers that are known as chilli peppers, but the term generally refers to the cayenne pepper, or Capsicum annuum. Cayenne is a fairly hot pepper. This is because of its high levels of capsaicin, the substance that provides the spiciness and that is also responsible for most of the pepper’s health benefits.
Chillis are graded on the Scoville Scale, which measures the amount of heat producing chemicals they contain. Capsaicin is the main heat producing chemical in chillis. 

Other herbs contain different heat producing chemicals that can also be measured on the Scoville Scale, such as Gingerol which is found in Ginger root. One of the most impressive properties of chilli peppers is their anti-hemorrhagic abilities. When taken in large doses, around one to two teaspoons powdered, they’re capable of bringing even significant bleeding to a screeching halt within a few minutes. In fact, chilli peppers work so well for this purpose that, in some parts of the world, they are used in emergency situations.

Chillies for Heart Health
Chilli peppers are also an excellent supplement for cardiovascular health. Although they are able to halt bleeding, they also cause dramatic improvements in blood circulation and blood pressure. Although the topic is, unfortunately, controversial, these amazing peppers are also capable of stopping a heart attack within seconds. 

Besides its ability to improve circulation, it also increases the heart’s activity, seemingly lending it strength, power and energy. Scientists aren’t certain precisely how it does this, but one theory is that it improves the distribution of nutrients, hormones and other factors throughout the body.

Another surprising fact is that chilli peppers help control pain. They do this by boosting blood circulation, which helps to deliver healing nutrients to any injuries. In addition, these peppers also fight inflammation. Because swelling is a major factor in many types of pain, particularly that of the joints, this is a valuable asset.
A steady supplementation of chilli peppers helps you avoid reliance on non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that are infamous for causing stomach ulcers, damage to the liver and kidneys and even some types of cancer. Furthermore, taking chilli peppers for pain can even help you avoid potentially dangerous and addictive opiate painkillers.

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