The strong and spicy taste of peppers is from a unique ingredient called capsaicin.
The higher the capsaicin content in the pepper, the more pepperish the pepper.
If it’s consumed in large quantity, it can cause a little itching effect on the lips, the tongue, throat which can lead to tears. Peppers known to have high content if capsaicin are mainly indigenous to the Indians, Vietnam, Mexico and the Hungarians. Though Chili which is known to contain 89% capsaicin is readily available in Nigeria.
Although several people uses pepper only for it spicy taste, invigoration of absorption or for it nourishing effect, It also have other great medical advantages too.
WHY ARE HOT PEPPERS HEALTHY?
‘Capsaicin’ (the substance that gives pepper it pepperish effect) does not give only the ‘anger’ in the peppers, but also gives it some outstanding medicinal properties which we would look into below. Since chili peppers are the only ones dominant in our country and is found to contain about 89% capsaicin, we’d talk more about it.
1. IT’S ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
praise to almighty capsaicin, the chili has anti-inflammatory effect. Capsaicin stops substance P which is associated with inflammatory processes in the body. Often and Frequent consumption of chili can excellently prevent arthritis to a great extent.
2. THEY ABATE PAIN
Ongoing investigations as it that chilito( a substance in chili pepper) lowers torment caused by pain of the joint, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy.
3. IT PROMOTES THE HEALTH OF THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM
It has been shown that hot peppers decreases the level of cholesterol and triglycerides, so they help in the development of blood clumps. Societies that always utilize bean stew in their eating routine are normally less prone to coronary illness, stroke and thrombosis etc.
4. IT IMPROVES DIGESTION
The angry taste and pungent smell of the pepper stimulates appetite and improves digestion. Foods that digest well and faster gives the body the necessary nutrients and energy, whereas foods that are not digested properly create toxins and are egested as feaces. Hence, good digestion is key to health.
5. FEEDS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
The red color of chili peppers when it’s ripe affirms to the large amount of beta-carotene or pro-vitamin A. Taking a few teaspoons of chili on a daily basis give the body an additional dose of vitamin A and C, which is essential in the prevention of infections. Vitamin A is also know to be very good for the eye.
6. THEY PREVENT PROSTATE CANCER
Capsaicin is known to be a genuine enemy of growth cells, and according to a research on prostate disease demonstrated in 1991, following a capsaicin recipe at least for a month can halt the development of disease cells and as well decrease the measure of tumor.
It’s recommended and medically prescribed to opt in for a few milligram(400mg) of this capsaicin thrice each week to counter the action of prostate malignancy.
7. THEY ENCOURAGE WEAKENING
The pepperish or hot taste of chili peppers increases the thermogenesis, by themogenesis I mean the creation of heat in the body. For the process of thermogenesis it is essential to spend more calories leading to loss of fatty deposits.
8. THEY PREVENT ABDOMINAL ULCER
For quite a while, there has been tilt that consuming hot foods causes gut ulcer, whether that is true or not the good news is that hot peppers not only cures ulcers but also stimulate the formation of protective gastric juices. This is according to a 2017 research on ulcer.
9. THEY HELP WITH TYPE II DIABETES
Consuming of chili on a regular basis may to a large extent prevent type 2 diabetes. According to a research by AJCN, it claims that frequent consumption of chilli can decrease how the systems in the body wants the release of insulin, which in turn decreases the glucose level after a eating food rich in carbohydrate.
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Some people don’t like much pepper in their meal, but it’s really necessary and should never be overlooked. If you drink ‘unclean’ water or bore hole water on a frequent you are definitely prone to soar throat, but pepper can help you prevent it.
I live in a school environment where I drink what I see but I have never been affected by soar throat throat or gut ulcer, the secret there is I consume alot of pepper because I know I drink a lot of ‘shit’ on daily basis.
So if you are not the pepper type, it high time you start making friend with it.