What us veteran Chileheads knew all along is now being documentated by
the medical science. Because of the renewed popularity of hot & spicy
foods, the capsicum (hot) peppers have become the most intensively
studied medicinal plants in the world. The results of these studies
will make you a confirmed Chilehead.
The FDA has already approved capsicum cream as a topical ointment for shingles and arthritis. Taken orally, capsicum actually improves digestation by increasing stomach secretions. Also, this spicy chemical has been known all along for its laxative effects. Those who have experienced its positive effects, cannot stop braging about it.
Lowering triglycerides can be attributed to capsicum. In addition, capsicum increases methabolism to burn a measurable number of calories at a higher rate.
Called a natural high nutrient capsicum triggers the release of endorphins -- the natural pain killers -- whose effects are very similar to those of morphine.
Some other health benefits attributed to capsicum: it reduces high blood pressure, protects against some types of cancer and is useful in the treatment of chronic rhinitis.
Capsicum has been used in folk remedies to treat everything from impotence to liver disease. Loaded with vitamins A, C and beta carotene, peppers are naturally low in fat, calories and cholesterol . So what are you waiting for? Turn every meal into a flavorful, healthy and spicy food adventure.