The documented health benefits from hot peppers continues to grow at a break-neck speed, similar to the increasing popularity of consuming hot foods in various forms. The heat and health benefits comes from a chemical called capsaicin.
Historically, spicy additions to food helped prevent spoilage in warm climates before the invention of refrigeration. Capsaicin’s anti-microbial properties inhibit as much as 75% of bacteria growth. People from cultures who lived and survived due to the use of various spices passed down to the next of kin spicy recipes and taste buds desiring extra zing in food.
Adding hot peppers, hot sauces and hot powders to food continues to protect us from food poisoning even though we now refrigerate food. To maximize these health benefits, eating the hottest pepper would magnify these effects.
Below are 10 health benefits of hot peppers.
1. Benefits the Digestive Tract
This may sound counter-intuitive, but the capsaicin in peppers actually act as an anti-irritant. People with ulcers have been told for years to avoid hot spicy foods, but research has revealed that peppers are beneficial to ulcers.
For example, pepper powder provides trace amounts of anti-oxidants and other chemicals to aid digestive issues such as, healing an upset stomach, reducing intestinal gas, curing diarrhea and acting as a natural remedy for cramps.
It does this by reducing the acidity in the digestive tract that causes ulcers. It also helps produce saliva and stimulates gastric juices aiding digestion.
2. Promotes a Healthy Heart
It also aids the circulatory system and prevents heart disease by lowering blood serum cholesterol and reduces lipid deposits, and therefore, reverses excessive blood clotting. It also dilates the blood vessels to aid in blood flow.
3. Mitigates Migraines
Have you ever had a pain on a body part that was your sole focus until you had another pain that was even worse? The original pain simply disappeared when your brain focused on the new injury.
This phenomenon is what happens to a migraine when you consume hot peppers. Your body becomes desensitized to the migraine and the overall sensation of pain is lessened.
4. Relieves Joint Pain
Due to the powerful pain-relieving properties of the capsaicin from peppers, it can be applied to the skin to reduce the chemical P, the ingredient that carries pain messages to the brain.
Ultimately, the pain receptors exhaust themselves by depleting the body’s reserves. Once this happens, the capsaicin acts as a pain reliever. It is used effectively for shingles, HIV neuropathy and other types of pain.
5. Improves Metabolism / Promotes Weight Loss
Spicy peppers revs up the metabolic rate by generating the thermogenic processes in our body that generates heat.
That process utilizes energy, and thereby, burns additional calores. In addition, if hot peppers are consumed at breakfast, the appetite is suppressed the rest of the day which ultimately helps in weight loss.
It may even alter proteins in your body to combat fat accumulation.
Capsaicin also has been studied as a holistic method to for weight loss. It will selectively destroy nerve fibers that send messages from the stomach to the brain.
6. Quells Psoriasis
Psoriasis is an itchy skin condition resulting in ugly skin patches. Capsaicin cream will significantly reduce the number of cells to replicating and aids in the reversal of the auto-immune skin lesions.
7. Reduces Cancer Risk
Since tne capsaicin in pepper flesh has anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is being studied as a cancer-fighter. It reduces the growth of prostate cancer cells, while leaving normal cells unharmed.
Research also shows consumption of large quantities of peppers effective against breast, pancreatic and bladder cancers. (8 large habaneros per week)
8. Fights the Flu, Colds and Fungal Infections
Hot peppers are chock-full of beta carotene and antioxidants that support your immune system and will aid in fighting off colds and the flu.
Research has found that nasal sprays containing capsaicin reduce congestion. Increased body temperature from the ingestion of hot peppers triggers the immune system into action in fighting the norovirus (cold), flu viruses.
Consumption of peppers fights against 16 fungal strains by reducing fungal pathogens.
9. Prevents Bad Breath
To keep your significant other attracted to you, eating hot pepper powder acts as a disinfectant to the air you breathe out by improving the odor of your breath.
10. Prevents Allergies
Due to the anti-inflammatory benefits of capsaicin, hot peppers can help prevent allergies and symptoms from allergies.
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106 thoughts on “10 Amazing Health Benefits to Eating Hot Peppers [Scientifically Proven]”
One time I almost died because of too much hot pepper that I swallowed.
After getting roumers that when you swallow too much hot,it helps to heal ulcers. It was unfortunate when I swallowed too much, it worsened the pain than before.
Too much of anything is not good.
I am keleon from kampala and i want to ask you doctor whether its dangerous to eat alot of chilli
I am doctor from Switzerland and can tell you there is no danger to eating a lot of chilli. I eat 2 pounds of hot chili per week and health. I can’t leave the bathroom – but I health. God bless your chili eating.
This article is very helpful and hence am beginning a diet on raw peppers twice a day. Thanks so much for this information
True,I had started feeling symptoms of ulcers. But now it’s six months since I resorted to eating a lot of pepper in my meals. I now enjoy food stuffs that used to be a problem due to ulcers. PEPPER has really helped me.
Thank you so for your contributions of the earth ! God bless you.
The information is educative on health benefit of pepper . You are advice to make soup of pepper with pumpkin combine with white melon onion .It would produce fabulous result when consume
I just made my girlfriend eat 10 ghost peppers, she just dumped me and I don’t know why. What should I do? Do you think there is an online pepper dating website ?
lies , after the first ghost pepper she be fckd , no way she eats 9 more
I love to eat spicy food that i ‘ve learned from my late father. I’ ve never seen my father having colds , cough or being sick with fever.I love to cook every Menüs i sprinkle chili powder or raw chilies to my food. Honestly speaking , i don’t get colds even Winter season.
I don’t eat a lot of peppers but I put Belizian Heat on or in almost everything I consume. Still alive at 74.
It increases apatite in human being
I love eating fresh hot peppers with almost all meals, except breakfast. I think I am addicted to these little treasures. The flavour enhances my South American dishes.
Only two hot pepper seeds daily in empty stomach is enough to get rid of any diarrhea,or gastrointestinal problems for whole life. Pls practice this and you’ll be blessed.
Has anyone done a study or self study on the effects of Carolina Reaper on Type 2 Diabetes? I’m still in the middle of my own review, but I’m seeing significant improvement in my glucose readings. My averages, with 2,000 MG of metformin daily, have been on the side of 129-135 after fasting. Now with Carolina Reaper introduced, I get numbers like 109, 115, 119. Consistently below 120. I’ve never been able to get the normal values in the past.
It’s very important to know some of these facts, more especially when one dies not have money to visit doctors now and then. Knowing medicinal properties of natural foods is good more so they have not been mixed with anything. Just taken natural like that.
I put dehydrated habaneros on my eggs every morning. Yummy
Good lessons I have learned a lot
Thank you very much most people were mistaking paper causing ulcers
I have been eating hobinaros for 20yrs now . the health benefits are
amazing. Look at all the cancers in the world if people only new what hobinaros can do for the body every one would eat them.
Can you post a picture of this amazing HOBINAROS?
I love deep frying 10 ghost peppers with 2 beers, it unclogs your sinuses completley. I love ghost pepper , pepper sauce on my vegetables, and eat different hot peppers with my breakfast , at 63 I’m in pretty good health.
I thank my husband for sending me this link otherwise I always mistake hot papers as being harmful remedies nnot knowing that it’s such a wonderful remedies in the body.
Looking at the above mentioned benefits of eating pepper (including the fact that pepper can help in curing ulcers- point number one), and due to taste reasons, in addition to it’s anti oxidant and anti inflammatory benefits, I feel I should be eating some pepper at least.
However, this seems a contradiction because yesterday google told me that a person with ulcers (Gustral Esophageal Reflux Disease-GERD) should not eat pepper. What should I do?
Trust the pepper not Google or doctors.
Need more of this.
America is the most over medicated population…and we’re the unhealthiest.
Natural remedies should be first not profit driven companies selling pills
Very beneficial article, keep up posting such good articles.
It’s a nice sharing. I have learnt alot now need to help my friends having ulcer issues all the time on drips of water
I’m 57 yes old been eating I habanero every day for twenty yes. I’m pretty darn healthy.
A suggestion that I use in the morning is V8 juice & either habanero or a drop of Georgia red reaper sauce. I also take a cayenne pepper supplement after every meal.