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Benefits of Chili
Chilies are an excellent source of Vitamin, A, B, C and E with minerals like molybdenum, manganese, folate, potassium, thiamin, and copper. Chili contains seven times more vitamin C than orange!
Ever since its introduction to India in 1498, chilies have been included in Ayurvedic medicines and used as tonic to ward off many diseases. Chilies are good for slimming down as it burns the calories easily. Chilies stimulate the appetite, help to clear the lungs and stimulate the digestive system.
Capsaicin: Chilies have vitamin C and Vitamin A containing beta-carotenoids which are powerful antioxidants. These antioxidants destroy free radical bodies. Usually these radical bodies travel in the body and cause huge amounts of damage to cells.
Antioxidants: Chilies can destroy cholesterol which could cause major disease like atherosclerosis and other heart diseases. Other disease like cataract and arthritis like osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Chili also dilates airways in the lungs which reduces asthma and wheezing.
Detoxicants: Chilies act as detoxifiers as they remove waste products from our body and increase the supply of nutrients to the tissues. It also acts as gastrointestinal detoxicants helping in digestion of food.
Pain killer: Chilies stimulate the release of endorphins that are natural pain killers. Chilies can relieve pain caused due to shingles (Herpes Zoster), bursitis, diabetic neuropathy and muscle spasm in shoulders and extremities. Chilies can also help in relieving arthritic pains in the extremities.\
Antibiotic: Chilies bring fresh blood to the site of the infection that helps fight infection. The white blood cells and leukocytes present in the fresh blood fights viruses.
Brain: Capsaicin stimulates brain to excrete endorphin and gives a sense of pleasure when ingested. This is the reason people get addicted to chili.
Cancer: It has been noted that vitamin C, beta-carotene and folic acid found in chilies reduces the risk of colon cancer. Chilies such as red pepper have cartonoid lycopene, which prevents cancer disease.
Heart Attack: Chilies have vitamin B6 and folic acid. The vitamin B reduces high homocysteine level. High homocysteine levels have been shown to cause damage to blood vessels and are associated with a greatly increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It also converts homocysteine into other molecules which is beneficial to lower cholesterol level.
Lung disease: Chilies give relief from nasal congestion by increasing the metabolism. It also dilates the airway to lungs which reduces asthma and wheezing. It relieves chronic congestion in people who are heavy drinkers.
Cigarette smoke contains benzopyrene which destroys the vitamin A in the body. The vitamin A present in chili reduces inflammation of lungs and emphysema caused due to cigarette smoking.
We thought you might like to know these health facts about chilies so we added this page for reference purposes - we've added a recipe in our "Buch -n Hooch section for a great tasting and healthy "Chilie/Chocolate Kombucha - cheers :-)
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