10 Amazing Health Benefits to Eating Hot Peppers [Scientifically Proven]

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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

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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

hot pepper 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

metabolism

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

cancer

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 peppers prevent flu

Hot peppers are chalked 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

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Due to the anti-inflammatory benefits of capsaicin, hot peppers can help prevent allergies and symptoms from allergies.

 

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References

Cayenne Pepper Benefits Your Gut, Heart & Beyond – Dr. Axe. (2015, May 23). Retrieved September 17, 2015, from http://draxe.com/cayenneof-pepper-benefits/

Food bacteria-spice survey shows why some cultures like it hot | Cornell Chronicle. (n.d.). Retrieved September 17, 2015, from http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/1998/03/food-bacteria-spice-survey-shows-why-some-cultures-it-hot

Using Chili Peppers for Pain Relief. (n.d.). Retrieved September 17, 2015, from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/07/14/chili-peppers-pain-relief.aspx

Which Hot Peppers Speed Up Your Metabolism Best? (2013, August 16). Retrieved September 17, 2015, from http://www.livestrong.com/article/36905-hot-peppers-speed-up-metabolism/

Zhang, W., & Po, L. (1994, March 22). The effectiveness of topically applied capsaicin. Retrieved September 17, 2015, from http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00196108?LI=true#page-1

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63 thoughts on “10 Amazing Health Benefits to Eating Hot Peppers [Scientifically Proven]

  1. spiceboy88 says:

    I have been eating spicy food since i was 9, people are surprised at how i eat spicy at all meals. Sauces, peppers, powders etc. I even learned a few desired recepes and have built them to my taste. I hardly ever get sick, my metabolism is amazing, and when i do catch the once or maybe twice a year occasional cold, it is very mild and is gone in a few days. I strongly recommend spicy food. It might be damaging in excess although i myself have not experienced this, i would suggest that jalapeños are the more internal damaging pepper even though there are spicier ones. My all time favorite for its unique and give away taste is the habanero

  2. Harold Stubbs says:

    I bought seeds from Pepperhead last year, and boy did I have an amazing crop, still producing pods in late October 2019. Top notch quality

  3. Zsofka says:

    Born to Hungarian parents, I grew up on a Hungarian diet, in which hot and mild peppers are very present, as are the allium and nightshade families of vegetable, and, of course, sour cream and all other milk products. In my late sixties, I was declared intolerant of all the former, and of gluten and tree nuts, because of my very nasty shortness of breath, itchy skin lesions and weight gain, and bloating and flatulence. Four years later, I came upon a deliciously hot Ceylon fish dish with a sweet chili sauce. That sent me running home to my darling Mum’s recipes. I still leave glutenous foods alone, and go easy on nuts and all milk products except sour cream. But do I adore my hot chili! It gets pared with love into my re-found gulyas soup, porkolt, paprika chicken, rakott krumpli, etc. Slim again and dressing to the nines, I pass easily for a woman in her fifties. (No kidding.) Ah, hot chili mon amour! Szeretlek.

  4. Chris L. says:

    Just survived my first bite of a Carolina reaper. Wow…damn near a religious experience! I’m 56, with Mexican blood in my veins, and have been a pepper head for almost all my adult life. I can tell you that I’ve been a ‘minor leaguer’ in this pepper experience until a few moments ago. As Nietzsche quipped, “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”

    • Chris Leach says:

      The wife and I are attempting to preserve them by grinding them up in a blender with some avocado oil and salt. I used a few dabs of this evil concoction on a fried egg, and the taste was simply sublime.

  5. Mitzi says:

    I grew Habaneros’ this year, dried and ground them into a powder. In the morning, with my avocado, I squeeze a 1/2 lime and add a pinch of my powder (not TOO MUCH!haha WHEW!) to my avocado on whole wheat toast. Some cherries tomatoes tame the heat when I am too generous with the powder 😉 Next year, I have some Carolina Reaper and Ghost pepper seeds to grow! Just read Chris L.’s comment…guess I better get ready for an experience, hu?! ha

  6. Arsenio G. says:

    This is a revelation. All the years I thought that chili peppers were not that good to the body. But this article unveiled the healthy benefits of this fruit.

  7. Victor Augusto del Carmen Alfonso Contreras. says:

    Every Colombian enjoy the called AJI . Very strong bring tears to the eyes. But when I try the Carolina Reaper just the tip bite my whole entire system stop and for a period of a half hour.That was a incredible experience out the world then my entire body when in a completely satisfaction,my whole digestive system was absolutely great.

    • Sarafina Osoro says:

      I have been suffering from chronic joint pains since I started using hot paper in my dishes I may say I have forgotten the last day I took pain killers 6 years down the line now.

  8. Steve Luke says:

    I am a complete culinary wimp when it comes to hot foods. It affects me in a way that it affects my sense of taste. The burn is too uncomfortable. But, I would like to receive the health benefits. Are there any capsaicin supplements?

  9. James says:

    Right now I just about put my Tabasco sauces on damn near everything.
    Can’t get enough of the stuff. Man, drip a few drops onto a plain small cracker and there is a tasty meal right there!!!

  10. Rc Moser says:

    Jalapeño about the hottest I can take, I grew Cajun belle, Serrano, la Bomba’s, and jalapeño. They are still producing here in Florida. I have NEMEX big Jim’s, sahuaro big Chile’s, and sunset joy banana started form seeds. I also have cayennes that produce throughout the year. We have pickled the Cajun belles and jalapeño’s. Can’t wait for the big Jim’s to come on.

  11. J E W says:

    I am only 9 years old and when I tried the Carolina reaper pepper wow the heat did not go it stay to talk for over 20 min and that pepper was not my friend I am telling you that right now >=3

  12. Anna Davis says:

    It’s so interesting how the capsaicin found in chili peppers can combat ulcer-causing bacteria. I have been feeling bored with my daily meals lately, so I’m thinking about getting some spicier ingredients. It’s great to hear that this is actually beneficial to stomach health.

  13. Mik says:

    Some info on here is dangerous, Ulcers are not caused by Acid or alcohol, but by H. Pylori which is a bacteria. This can be fixed by taking certain antibiotics. Just google “what causes stomach ulcers” I have first hand experience of this.

  14. William Graham says:

    If it burns my mouth and lips, then my esophagus and stomach causes abd cramps, burns when I burp them, and when I pass them in my stool, I find no pleasure in eating them mainly the yellow pepper!!! Will try sweet red peppers tho!!

  15. Albert P. Cortu says:

    Thank you for providing me with this very vital health information. I like eating hot pepper but of late my wife is trying to convince me of the harmful effects of eating too much pepper but without any scientific or otherwise evidence. Now that you have enumerated 10 important benefits of pepper especially as they relate the health conditions you have stated, i can put under control most of these health conditions. Once more thank you very much.

  16. Johnny says:

    Just recently got into Carolina reapers. I stopped eating spicy foods for a while because of intense stomach cramps. However, I had a taste of fresh Carolina reaper several weeks ago and I’ve been hooked on it since. I bought some powder online and I like to sprinkle it in nearly everything I eat. Little by little my tolerance has gone up and I can see some of the benefits described in this article, mainly the boost in mood and less allergies. Good stuff!

    • PepperHead says:

      I agree Johnny! Carolina Reaper Powder adds that missing flavor that you can’t quite put your finger on. I use it as a salt replacement. Reduce my sodium intake while keeping/adding flavor!

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  17. Levi Armstrong says:

    It’s great to know that eating peppers could mitigate migraines because your body becomes desensitized to the migraines, and overall sensation pain is lessened. My mom constantly experiences migraines because of the stress of her work. I’ll suggest she buys some hot sauce on her next grocery trip for her migraines. Thanks!

  18. Vivian Dire says:

    We have been eating pureed raw habanero sauce mixed with a bit of ketchup and vinegar going for 2months now in my household no one has had any colds or flu, thanks to capscain I have just learnt from this article.

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