It’s no wonder that “hot” peppers are a hot commodity these days. Besides making our food tastier, these beautiful plants are good for us in all kinds of ways. Want to get fitter, funnier, and friskier? Here are eight good reasons to add some peppy peppers to your plate!
Boost Your Metabolism
Capsaicin, the substance that gives hot peppers their heat, boosts metabolism and also acts as a slight appetite suppressant. It also raises body temperature, which uses up more energy and can help to eliminate toxins. And it’s not just the super spicy peppers that do the trick. A compound in sweet peppers (CH-19 Sweet) produces similar effects.
Lower Your Cholesterol
When it comes to your cholesterol levels, the spicier, the better. A study in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that adding hot peppers to your diet helps protect against cholesterol build-up. This appears to be connected to capsaicin levels, so turn on the heat!
Good news for ladies who love peppers! Researchers have found that women whose diets include vitamin-rich peppers reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, and total cardiovascular disease.
Good news for everyone who loves peppers! Peppers act as natural anti-inflammatories that help reduce chronic stress and pain. They also contain health-supporting sulphurs and enzymes that guard against many common cancers. Plus potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure. The news about peppers just keeps getting better!
Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps maintain a strong immune system. And it’s not just in orange juice. Red peppers contain tons of it – more than twice as much as in citrus fruits. And they’re also rich in Vitamin A, known to support vision. Oh, and did we mention the B Vitamins and other antioxidants that help protect your digestive system and ward off infections? It’s time to start thinking of colorful peppers as true superfoods.
The high level of iron in chili peppers increases blood flow and hemoglobin production. By maintaining oxygen and iron levels in the brain, cognitive performance increases and cognitive disorders decrease. That’s right, spicy peppers are brain food!
By improving circulation, peppers help stimulate hair growth. And the Vitamin C in peppers enhances the formation of collagen to protect hair follicles and reduce dry split ends. Who knew?
When the heat of capsaicin hits your taste buds, your brain releases natural pain relievers and endorphins, providing you with a sensation of pleasure. It’s no wonder that folks who like spicy foods know that they “hurt so good.”
Colorful peppers are beloved all over the world, for their fabulous flavor as well as their health-giving properties. Now, a growing body of research proves what pepper lovers already knew: peppers truly help make you happy and healthy, inside and out. Breathe easier, reduce body fat, and feel less pain – just by eating more delicious pepper!