Health benefits of chillies


Of course that should read, The health benefits of eating chillies, which is different thing altogether.

I am not a doctor, nor am I a medical man in any sense of the word, so if you have a condition for which you have eaten a chilli, or a bowl full of chillies then please do not send your lawyer to me if the aforesaid chilli eating has not worked. You may have visited your vet (Doctor) and been given tablets which havent worked either. Chillies are not a cure all but they can and do help with certain ailments, and this advice does not fall into the category of Alternative Medicine.

A chilli (fruit or pod, not the whole plant) contains up to 7 times the Vitamin C of an average sized orange, and eaten on a regular basis will provide a host of health benefits, and many a person who suffers from sinus conditions testify that it helps in fighting sinus congestion.

Other benefits of eating chillies are that a regular supply aids poor digestion, relieves migraines as well as muscle pains and nerve pains. The old adage, "There is a cure for everything in nature," is very true in this case, and as a migraine sufferer myself I can swear that chillies have helped me in the past when some heavy duty painkillers haven?t even touched the problem.

A chilli is also a good source of vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium, and despite their respective heat values have been known to be used in medicine for many centuries, and not just as a cure but also as a preventative where help is required in obesity, or as an analgesic amongst other things.

Chillies contain an alkaloid compound called Capsaicin and this is what gives them their pungency or heat, and it is this capsaicin which has been found in tests to contain anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as being an agent which helps to reduce cholesterol ? hence the link to obesity which is now so out of control in the UK one could say it is of ?nightmare proportions? here.

However, that is a problem which the medical people amongst us should address along with their patients who, it appears, most have not yet tried the chilli method of weight reduction.
I cannot for the life of me go into the intricacies of g or RDA which you will know I have copied from elsewhere, so I can only tell you what I have picked up from experts in this field and my own findings.

Eating Chillies lowers blood sugar levels

This is helpful to people like myself who has Type 2 diabetes, and not through being fat or obese either, but eating chillies can have a very positive impact on people that are overweight or suffer from diabetes, and that comes from a team of researchers at The University of Tasmania, whose research was published published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, in July 2006.

I do know, however, that chillies are also heavy in other good properties such as flavonoids like b-carotene, a-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin in addition to carrying minerals like potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.

Chili peppers have amazingly high levels of vitamins and minerals and just 100 g provides (in % of recommended daily allowance):

240% of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid),
39% of vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine),
32% of vitamin A,
13% of iron,
14% of copper,
7% of potassium,
but no cholesterol