Capsaicin is all the rage when it comes to describing the innermost superpowers of chili peppers.
It is the most written about, spoken about, and researched compound in chili peppers. Capsaicin is the compound in charge of the heat and burns in peppers and many positive health benefits.
But Capsaicin isn’t just one compound show. That’s right - there are other superheroes in the bunch.
Here is a list of some of the less talked about, under the radar compounds that help achieve many of the incredible benefits of chili peppers.
Ferulic Acid ~ this is the compound that is found in the seeds of chili peppers and that acts as an antioxidant and helps protect against many chronic diseases. It also helps to fight the free-radical damage that contributes to aging.
Lutein ~ mostly found in green chiles, this compound promotes positive eye health. It is known in the health world as the "eye vitamin”. Lutein is an antioxidant that helps protect the eyes from oxidative stress.
Violaxanthin ~ this is the primary compound in yellow chili peppers and acts as an antioxidant. It’s the same compound also found in leafy green veggies like spinach. It can help slow the process of cancer in skin and the stomach. It is also known to help prevent prostate cancer.
Capsanthin ~ this is the compound that makes red chili peppers their bold red color. It’s a powerful antioxidant that has been known to protect against cancer - most effective in prevented the further spread of pancreatic and skin cancer cells.
Sinapic acid ~ An antioxidant that acts as an anti-inflammatory, and has antiseptic properties. It inhibits dangerous free radicals and helps in the fight against aging.