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10 reasons chillies are the coolest food around

posted 8 May 2015, 03:44 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 14 May 2015, 09:41 ]
By Louise Jensen

As well as being yummy, chillies boast many amazing health enhancing benefits. To make the most of these properties we don’t need to start chomping or raw chillies; chilli powder and condiments equally work their magic in varying degrees.

1. The heat from chilli peppers comes from the nutrient Capsicum. Capsicum can aid weight loss by increasing the number of calories burned after eating, boosting our metabolism.

2. An aphrodisiac, after stimulating the tongues pain receptors, endorphins are released, our natural feel good high. After consumption your heart rate increases and you start to sweat - much like the way your body reacts during sex.

3. Chillies boost circulation, thin blood and improve cholesterol levels making them great for heart health.

4. Chillies have pain relieving properties being anti-inflammatory and analgesic. A great relaxant, capsaicin blocks Substance P, a natural chemical involved in the transmission and perception of pain.

5. Great for diabetics. Studies show chillies reduce the body’s need for insulin to lower blood sugar by a staggering 60%.

6. Pepper plants produce anti-fungal and anti-bacterial chemicals which we then consume, they help us fight infection and keep us healthy.

7. Packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins A, B and C, Iron, Potassium and Manganese. Wow nature’s own multi supplement.

8. Great for congestion – the hotter the curry the runnier the nose! Have those tissues on hand.

9. Capsaicin can be applied topically for pain relief in inflammatory conditions without the numbing usually associated with anaesthetics.

10. Capsaicin has been found to stop the spread of prostate cancer.

Louise Jensen