Spicy Food is enjoyed all over the world...
because spices add an incredible amount of flavor to food. Cultures all over the world have dishes that excite and stimulate your palate with spices and add heat and flavor to everyday ingredients. But if you like spicy food like chilies, curry, and hot sauces, there is so much more to look forward to.
Recent research shows that adding some spice to your meal can provide more health benefits than was ever thought. Yes! You heard it right; in addition to making your taste buds sizzle, spicy foods can also deliver many health benefits. These include:
1. Helps in Losing Weight:
Hot peppers contain Capsaicin which can speed up metabolism and help the body burn calories faster. This is because Capsaicin increases your body temperature and contributes to an increase in your heart rate. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who eat spicy foods eat smaller portions which can reduce their calorie intake.
2. Good for heart:
Hot peppers may help to improve heart health by improving the body’s ability to dissolve blood clots. Research has shown that low-density cholesterol (LDL or bad cholesterol) resisted oxidation for a longer period of time (which can clog your arteries) when chili was added to the diet, thus reducing the heart stroke risk. The capsaicin in peppers also fights inflammation, which has been identified as a risk factor for heart disease. Additionally, statistics show that cultures that eat spicy foods frequently have a much lower rate of heart attack and stroke.
3. Improved circulation:
Spicy foods also promote good circulation, and they appear to lower blood pressure. When you eat spicy food, your body’s temperature is raised; therefore, it increases your blood flow and gets your heart pumping. Peppers help strengthen the blood vessel walls as they are high in vitamins A and C.
Many studies have shown that regular consumption of chilies and curry decreases the risk of cancer. Capsaicin slows the growth of cancer cells and in some cases, even causes the cancer cells to die off without harming the surrounding cells. In countries where diets are traditionally high in capsaicin like India and Mexico, people tend to have lower rates of some cancers.
5. Improved digestion:
Spices also improve your digestion because they increase the hydrochloric secretion of your stomach. This, in turn, will increase blood flow to the stomach and even increase the mucous lining. Capsaicin also helps to kill bacteria like H. pylori and help to prevent or cure stomach ulcers. However, if you get heartburn from spicy foods, try taking an antacid relief tablet which will neutralize acids in the stomach.
Turmeric (haldi) reduces joint inflammation and bone destruction in people. Curcumin present in turmeric helps to alleviate the pain associated with arthritis.
7. Cold and Flu:
Capsaicin promotes sweating and eases the discomfort of cold and flu symptoms. It also helps to open up the nasal passages. It may also reduce sinusitis and other flu symptoms.
8. Improved Sleep Pattern:
Australian researchers have found that people who regularly consumed spicy meals fell asleep more easily. They also woke up easier and had more energy throughout the day.
9. Mood lifter:
Chili peppers boost the level of endorphins and serotonin that dulls pain and give us a feeling of well being. It can act as a depression fighter and a powerful stress reliever.
10. Improves breathing:
Hot peppers act as an expectorant and can help people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, sinusitis, and other respiratory conditions breathe easier. Hot peppers can help you to breathe better by opening up clogged nasal passages.
However, it is important to take spicy foods moderately especially if you have a sensitive stomach or you simply have a low tolerance for them. Learn to have your food spicy and hot and enjoy the amazing health benefits of spicy foods.