Are Chili Peppers Good For Your Health?
There are many health benefits from eating chiles. The chiles contain antioxidants, Vitamin C and carotenoids, in addition to capsaicin. And what about capsaicin, the active ingredient in chili peppers that makes them hot? A study published in Cancer Research found that capsaicin caused cancer cells to commit suicide. It is a recognized treatment for osteoarthritis pain, has potent antibacterial properties that fight and prevent chronic sinus infections, or sinusitis, is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, soothes intestinal diseases, is a thermogenic agent, which means it increases metabolic activity, and helps to protect the heart by reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation. It may also help the body dissolve fibrin, which is necessary for blood clots to form. Cultures around the world that use hot peppers liberally in their meals have significantly lower rates of heart attack and stroke than cultures that do not.