Chili peppers need to be in your diet. Here are 18 healthy reasons to spice up your diet with more hot chili peppers. Just by adding more spice to your life, you're also boosting your health in several ways. I've always loved the way it burns, but now I have even more reason.
The beta carotene concentration is high in red chili peppers, especially. This is converted to Vitamin A within the body.
Vitamin B6 is one of the B vitamins that helps the body with energy-related metabolism.
This vitamin comes in large amounts in hot chili peppers. It aids the body in immunity, as well as wound healing.
This compound is only found in chili peppers. It's what causes them to be spicy. But it also helps reduce pain and inflammation. It's also one of the several antioxidants found in chili peppers. Antioxidants are known for helping with the prevention and healing of cancer.
This is another powerful carotenoid antioxidant found in chili peppers. It is also thought to aid in fighting cancer.
Chili peppers are packed with plenty of good carbs to help create good energy. Plant-based carbs contain fibers that help the body produce energy, stabilize hormones, lose weight, sleep well, promote healthy brain function, and more.
Copper promotes strong bones and healthy neurons and is often a rare commodity in the Western diet. But it can be found in various chili peppers.
This is yet another strong antioxidant found in chili peppers. It can help protect against many chronic diseases.
Chili peppers have fiber, which is very good for digestion and keeping you regular.
Vitamin K1 (or phylloquinone) is know for aiding in blood clotting, promoting healthy kidney function, and promoting healthy bones.
High amounts of lutein have been linked to improved eye health and function. Strong concentrations have been found in green or immature hot chili peppers.
Monounsaturated & Polyunsatured Fats
These good fats help reduce the bad cholesterol and raise the good cholesterol. In chili peppers, they come in many forms, including some of the Omegas.
This all-important polyunsaturated fat can help you lower unhealthy levels of bad cholesterol.
The human body cannot produce the polyunsaturated fats Omega-6 or Omega-3, both of which are found in chili peppers.
Think you can only find potassium in bananas? Wrong. You can also get it from eating lots of spicy chili peppers. Potassium may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Did you know that chili peppers contained protein? The exact amount of protein needed each day is debated by many health professionals. However, most will agree that it's definitely beneficial.
Sinapic (or sinapinic) acid is another powerful antioxidant also found in chili peppers. This compound is similar to ferulic acid.
This carotenoid antioxidant can be found in yellow chili peppers. Like other antioxidants in chili peppers, this compound can help fight many major chronic diseases, such as some types of cancer.
Want lots of yummy recipes containing chili peppers?
Several of the recipes in "Vegan Recipes That Don't Suck"
show you new and tasty ways to use these important spices.
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