Saturday, March 24, 2007

Super Food: Chilies

They make us sweat, our eyes water, our noses run, and our tongues burn yet we still come back for more! Scientists now know that chilies have an addictive hold on us because of an opiate-like endorphin that is released by the brain to counteract the initial physical pain caused by Capsaicin, a chemical compound that produces the sensation of burning. This "endorphin rush" is why so many of us LOVE spicy food!

Chili peppers have been also been found to help:
  • Clear congestion
  • Boost immunity by providing about 6% of the daily value for vitamin C and more than 10% of the daily value for vitamin A. Also has a high content of beta-carotene.
  • Prevent stomach ulcers by killing bacteria
  • Help with weight loss - increases thermogenesis (heat production) and oxygen consumption therefore helping you burn more calories
  • Reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation
  • Prevent some cancers and prevents the spread of cancer
  • Relieve pain
  • Fights inflammation
  • Lower your risk of type-2 diabetes

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