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Red Hot Heart Healthy Peppers

March 19, 2010

MedicineNet told us about endorphins that help us feel good while improving our health. One of the ways to enjoy their benefits is to eat chili peppers!

Chili peppers good for heart healthIn the case of chili peppers, the spicier the pepper, the more endorphins are let loose throughout your body. And that's a good thing, because as you know, endorphins reduce our perception of pain and lead to feelings of euphoria, modulation of appetite, release of sex hormones, and enhancement of the immune response. So that's all good, but wait, there's more!

Capsaicin, the hot pepper's natural heat-causing component, has been proven to kill cancer cells, prevent sinus infections, serve as an anti-inflammatory agent, provide gastric relief and produce fat oxidation. A daily dose of hot peppers lets people breath easier, feel less pain and lower their body fat.

Heart Health

Capsaicin reduces cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation which helps reduce the risk of heart disease. It also helps in dissolving fibrin which in turns helps reduce the risk of blood clots.

Metabolism Boost

The vitamin C in peppers makes the metabolism amino acid carnitine. Capsaicin increases the production of the appetite suppressing hormone catecholamine. That's why many fat burning supplements include capsaicin.

Immunity Boost

Peppers are high in beta-carotene, an antioxidant, which is converted by your body into Vitamin A that fights infections. Vitamin A prevents germs from penetrating the lining of the lungs and nasal passages by keeping the mucous membranes strong.

Clearer Vision

Green and red peppers are loaded with the carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin which minimize UV damage to the eye lens by approximately 55% or more. They absorb the harmful blue light rays protecting the retina.

Bloating and Indigestion

Capsaicin, a phytochemical, kills H. pylori, a bacteria that causes gastrointestinal issues such as bloating and indigestion. It also stimulates cells in the stomach lining to exude juices that causes ulcers.

So learn to love the burn!