Some like it Hot!
A family of B-vitamins, some of which have important functions in energy metabolism.
Phylloquinone, vitamin K1 is essential for blood clotting and healthy bones and kidneys.
An essential dietary mineral that serves a variety of functions in the body. Adequate intake of potassium may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Often lacking in the Western diet, copper is an essential antioxidant trace element, important for strong bones and healthy neurons.
chili peppers are high in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in the body.
Just Some Amazing Benefits of Spicing up
1. Improves Vision
Chili Pepper contains vitamin A which improves eyesight and prevents night blindness and macular degeneration from developing as we age.
2. Reduces cancer risk
Chili Pepper has many antioxidants like capsaicin and also the chemical that makes them hot—inhibits cancer cell growth in the colon and prostate. Lycopene which is also an antioxidants aid the fight against bladder and cervical cancer as well.
3. Boosts Immunity
Chili pepper contains vitamin C which is an antioxidants and neutralizes free radicals, vitamin c protects from scurvy and develops immune system.
4. Helps fight inflammation
Chili pepper has anti inflammatory properties which helps relieve pain caused by arthritis.
5. Heals migraine
One sniff of the spray up the nostril on the same side as a migraine has been known to stop the pain in its tracks.
6. Aids in weight loss
Capsaicin increases thermogenesis, a process which converts energy into heat. Capsaicin increases the heat by attaching to SERCA, a muscle protein, stopping the normal calcium pumping into the sarcoplasmic reticulum, which stops the muscle relaxation cycle. This increases metabolism by the stomach continuing to process the nutrition in the stomach, which helps to boost weight loss.
More Benefits such as these are worth adding just a little spice to your meal, juice or daily intake.
Source Of Protein
Every 100 grams of chili pepper contains one gram of protein. When you eat more protein, you automatically protect your body from loss of muscle mass, decreased immunity, poor respiratory system and even death. Protein also helps in carrying oxygen to the blood. It builds muscles, cartilage and regulates the nervous system.
Vitamin D Benefits
Chili oil is full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. It contains Vitamin D that protects you against Alzheimer’s disease, bone weakening, and cancer attacks. Other rich sources of Vitamin D are milk, soy, fish, egg yolks, etc.
Vitamins A, E, And K
Chili oil also contains Vitamins A, E, and K that provide your body with a large number of benefits. It helps in maintaining good bone health. They contain antioxidants that play a major role in tooth development, immune system, cell division and reproduction. Vitamin K helps in the reduction of blood clotting as well.
Chili oil contains iron too. Eating iron filled foods prevents several illnesses such as glossitis. It also helps you feel relaxed. Iron is one of the major nutrients that prevent you from feeling tired and exhausted. In fact, iron deficiency leads to anemia, cough, and dialysis.
Vitamin C Benefits
Chili oil also contains Vitamin C, which protects you from strokes, coronary heart diseases and other cardiovascular diseases. Vitamin C may also shorten the duration of a cold or the effect of a recent cold treatment. Other sources of Vitamin C are oranges, lemon, and grapefruit.
Capsanthin: The main carotenoid in red chili peppers, responsible for their red color, and often accounting for up to 50% of the total carotenoid content. Its powerful antioxidant properties may act against cancer.
Violaxanthin: The major carotenoid antioxidant in yellow chili peppers, accounting for 37-68% of the total carotenoid content.
Lutein: Most abundant in green (immature) chili peppers, the levels of lutein decrease with maturation. High consumption of lutein has been linked with improved eye health.
Capsaicin: One of the most studied plant compounds in chili peppers. It is responsible for their pungent (hot) flavor and many of their health effects.
Sinapic acid: An antioxidant, also known as sinapinic acid. It has a variety of potential health benefits.
Ferulic acid: Similarly to sinapic acid, ferulic acid is an antioxidant that may help protect against various chronic diseases.
The antioxidant content of mature (red) chili peppers is much higher than of immature (green) peppers.
Chili peppers have been a part of the human diet in the Americas since at least 7500 BCE. Wow !
Chili peppers are rich in various vitamins and minerals.
I recommend these tools to get started:
If you’re on Maui, try growing your own fresh, homegrown, organic vegetables or support the local farms. My favorite local resources : Nui Farm in Kula! , Maui Bees, Upcountry Saturday Farmers Market, Jaws Store Wed/Sunday Farmers Market, Rowena