These little vegetables are made up of a compound called capsaicin which causes the burning sensation we feel after eating them. Capsaicin does not cause that burning sensation only, it improves our health in many ways.
How do spicy foods improve our health?
Spicy foods help our body to retain more water thereby keeping us hydrated all day long and less prone to diseases like high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney diseases and liver diseases.
The compound that cause burning sensation in spicy foods, Capsaicin is known to help in destroying cancer cells, consuming spicy food thereby make you less likely to develop certain types of cancer, like colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and breast cancer.
Over the years, Spicy food have been proven to help in weight loss. A clinical dietitian, Haley Robinson has said, ‘Capsaicin helps increase your core temperature, increase metabolism and helps burn calories faster,’
‘Research has shown that it could increase your metabolism by up to five percent’ says Haley. This means if you are taking spicy food you will not gain as much weight as you would if you are not taking them.
Capsaicin is also regarded as an endorphin, our bodies produce endorphins in response to heat which it mistakes for pain, this make you feel more relieved and decreases the risk of depression.
Spicy foods also help your body to fight heart diseases this is because chili peppers produce the damaging effects of low density lipoprotein [LDL] which is a bad cholesterol. Capsaicin also fights inflammation highly risk factor for heart issues.
The vitamins found in chili peppers also help to strengthen the heart muscle walls and the heart produce by the burning sensation increases blood flow in your body.
Research has shown that capsaicin can improve digestion by increasing the release of digestive fluids in the stomach, thereby speeding up the digestion process.
These little vegetables are also known to help with arthritic and neuropathic pains, they also improve your mood making you happy.
Many think spicy foods don’t have any health benefits, this is very wrong as these foods help you burn more calories, improve your digestion, lower your chances of getting diseases like diabetes, keeps you hydrated, lighten up your mood and protect you from certain types of cancer.
Though the help strengthens our heart muscles, you should avoid consuming spicy foods if you are suffering from heart diseases, this is because they can cause cardiac arrhythmia and heartburn.
Excessive intake of these foods leaves you prone to gastric ulcers, stomach ulcers, and reflux diseases.