Superfood: Chili Peppers - Metro US

Superfood: Chili Peppers

It’s hot stuff — not only when you eat it, but for your health too.

Chili peppers contain the powerful phytochemical capsaicin and the hotter the pepper, the more capaiscin it will contain. Capsaicin helps fight inflammation (ironically) as it helps prohibit Substance P, a neuropeptide linked to inflammation. Chilis also help prevent sinutitis and relieve congestion. When consumed the burning heat will stimulate secretions in the nose, helping to clear out mucus.

Varieties of chilli peppers, such as Cayenne, have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol. Its bright redish colouring indicates high levels of beta-carotene or Pro Vitamin A, which plays an essential role in boosting the immune system.

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