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Red hot health: The benefits of eating capsicum

February 6, 2013

Capsicum or chili is a wonder of nature. Aside from adding flavor to savory dishes, chilies are also used to make medicine because of its main ingredient called capsaicin.

 

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Except for the bell pepper variants, all chilies contain capsaicin, a chemical that produces that strong burning sensation in the mouth. This ingredient is effective in treating pain. In fact, capsaicin is so effective that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves its use as a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, psoriasis, shingles, and nerve pains.

The following are some of the other health benefits of eating chilies:

Eating chilies lowers the risk of the development of cardiovascular problems. Cayenne, one of the major components of chili peppers, is effective in reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

 

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Eating chilies can lower blood sugar levels. Research shows that chilies are very beneficial to people who are overweight or have hyperinsulinemia because they increase the body’s metabolism rate and lower insulin levels.

 

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Chilies help burn fat. Researchers have found that chilies can actually increase calorie burn and “oxidize” layers of fat.

 

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Aside from these benefits, chilies are also used to treat various digestion problems, which include diarrhea, intestinal gas, and cramps. They can also be used as mouthwash to treat laryngitis and applied on the skin to relieve muscle spasms and to discourage nail-biting and thumb-sucking habits in children.

This blog provides more information about how to improve your health, while Satori World Medical’s website contains information on how medical travel can help you save money on getting high-quality health care.

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