HOT is Healthy: Benefits of Red Chili

Red chili pepper

“I’ve got this thing for spicy stuff. Now, if you give me hot chocolate with chili pepper, a book and a bubble bath, I’m a happy girl.”

Shiloh Walker

 

When it comes to health, there’s plenty of evidence that red chili is one of the world’s healthiest super foods.  Adding chili to a dish does a lot more than enliven taste buds, this one food is packed with Vitamin, A, B, C and E, and minerals like molybdenum, manganese, folate, potassium, thiamin, and copper.  Did you know that red chilies actually contain 7 times the Vitamin C than do oranges? That’s crazy, right!  But how do all those vitamins and minerals act in your body to protect against disease and promote longer life?

 

Red chili as a regular part of your clean diet helps:

  • weight loss
  • weight management
  • lower cholesterol
  • repair cell damage caused by free radicals
  • healthy metabolism
  • detoxification
  • clearing the lungs and sinuses
  • pain relief
  • improved mood
  • potential to reduce colon cancer
  • lower risk of heart attack and stroke
  • lower risk of asthma and wheezing
  • potential to lessen peripheral nerve damage in diabetics

Here’s how chili’s DNA works in your body:

1  Anti-Oxidant cell repair

  • Vitamins C and A as beta-carotenoids destroy free radicals and cholesterol that, left unchecked, cause damage to blood vessels and peripheral nerves.
  • Folate, Viatmin B-6 and B-12 help control blood levels of the amino acid homocysteine, a key factor in keeping “bad” cholesterol levels low.
  • Destruction of free radicals guards against arteriosclerosis and damage to nerve endings.
  • Destruction of cholesterol – waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body – that clog blood vessels and lead to heart attack and stroke.
  • Improves heart health, and protects against diabetic nerve pain.
  • Vitamin C, beta-carotene and folic acid found in chili reduces the risk of colon cancer.

 

2  Detoxification and Digestive Aid

  • Molybdenum in chili act as a catalyst for enzymes that help breakdown amino acids
  • Helps remove toxins from the body
  • Assists in the breakdown of food
  • Folate in chili also plays an important role in digestion, and is often depleted in folk with celiac disease and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

3  Weight Loss, Blood Sugar and Diabetes Control

  • Capsaicin in chilis increases your metabolism, can make you sweat, and ultimately assist in weight loss
  • Manganese found in chili plays a role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium absorption, and blood sugar regulation.
  • Increasing metabolism generally, and carbohydrate metabolism specifically, helps regulate blood sugar.
  • Blood sugar regulation is key in protecting against insulin resistance, the key factor in avoiding diabetes.

 

4  Brain Function, Mental and Emotional Balance

  • Folate (Vitamin B-9) plays a key role in DNA and RNA production, as well as cell division.  Folic acid is one of the key vitamins that is depleted with too much alcohol consumption or addiction.
  • Some studies show that 15 to 38% of people with depression have low folate levels in their bodies, and those with very low levels tend to be the most depressed.  But it’s unclear whether adding folate as a supplement alone helps improve depression outright.
  • Capsaicin intake releases an endorphin which has an associated pleasurable sensation.

 

5  Pain Relief

  • Capsaisin in chili first stimulates, then numbs or decreases pain signals in nerves
  • A cascade of triggers are unleashed in the body that ultimately inactivate pain specific neurons

 

6  Pain Relief

  • Capsaicin in chili first stimulates, then numbs or decreases pain signals in nerves
  • A cascade of triggers are unleashed in the body that ultimately inactivate pain specific neurons

 

Bottom line: the health benefits of red chili are too many to ignore.  If you fear red chili is too hot to the tongue, why not try it in combinations that provide you with just the right “bite”, like in a cup of 100% dutch cocoa and plant-based sweetener.  You can always look for capsaicin as a supplement, but fresh and whole foods provide you with the freshest, most active form of these nutrients.

Get HOT and Get GOING!

To You Within,