In Bhutan, chili is more than just a spice. It’s considered vegetable. Curry made from cheese and chili is the national dish. Any kinds of dishes can not miss a few pieces of chilies. A hot chili salad is always a part of simple or sumptuous meal. Below are the 10 health benefits of eating chili.
1. Chili is natural pain killer
Chili contains a lot of capsaicin, a bioactive plant compound that induces the burning sensation without actually burning the body. It also makes pain receptors insensitive to other forms of pain. It has shown potential for treating inflammatory diseases. Some pain-relieving creams, patches, gels, and pills have capsaicin.
2. Red chili improves health of eyes
Red and orange chilies are loaded with beta carotene. Beta carotene is an antioxidant that converts to vitamin A and plays a very important role in maintaining health of the eyes. Eating hot chilies not only burns your tongue but cause a tear in your eye. Tears clear your eyes of debris and allow light to enter your eyes so you can see.
3. Chili is good source of vitamin C
Chili peppers are very high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, important for wound healing and immune function. It is essential for the collagen synthesis inside the human body. Collagen is one of the main structural proteins required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones.
4. Chili promotes digestion
Chili generates thermogenic processes that produce heat in digestive tract increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. As eating chili speeds up metabolism, it causes the body to quickly burn calories. In other words, chilies prevent weight gain.
5. Chili is actually good for stomach ulcers
People with stomach ulcers have been advised to avoid spicy food. However, researches have revealed that it actually is beneficial to ulcers. Capsaicin in chili inhibits acid secretion, stimulates alkali, mucus secretions and gastric mucosal blood flow which help in prevention and healing of ulcers.
6. Chili is good for heart
Chilies contain potassium. It is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. Chili aids the circulatory system and prevents heart disease by lowering blood serum cholesterol. It also dilates the blood vessels to aid in blood flow.
7. Chili boosts immune system
Chilies are packed with Beta carotene and antioxidants that support immune system. In other words, chilies are anti-infection vitamin that protects body from infections. Numerous trials have shown that infections are fewer in those who eat chilies. Colds and the flu can defiantly prevented by eating chilies.
8. Chili prevents and clears nasal congestion
Capsaicin from chili stimulates secretions, which helps to clear mucus from the nose and lungs by clearing the sinuses and causing sweating. Capsaicin has potent antibacterial properties that fight and prevent chronic sinus infections.
9. Chili is a headache remedy
Studies have shown that capsaicin in hot chilies help fight all kinds of pain, including migraines and other headaches. This may be linked to the chili’s ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus diverting the brain’s attention to the new site. The effect is best when the chili extract is applied to localized part of the head.
10. Chilies help lower blood pressure
Chilies may set mouth on fire but it strengthens and relaxes blood vessels. Eating chilies make blood vessels more elastic and better able to adjust to blood pressure fluctuations. Moreover, as chilies boost metabolism and blood circulation, heart need not pump blood with so much of energy resulting in normal blood pressure.