Chilli pepper – Give your food a health kick

Nicola MasseyNutrition and Wellbeing

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Feeling the bloat of Christmas, try adding a little kick to your food. It can make all the difference to your weight.

Simply adding chili peppers to your diet you can help fight weight gain.

It’s been known by nutritionists for some time that the compound capsaicin found in chili, what gives chili its heat, activates the TRPV1 receptors in the stomach which signal fullness. Often these essential receptors get blocked by our high-fat diets.

Lowers cholesterol

But fat-fighting isn’t the only handy upside of capsaicin. It has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and support a heart health.

Suitable for diabetics

You may wish to include capsaicin in your everyday diet. It can have a positive effect on blood sugar which in turn can help diabetics take less insulin following a meal. Its also has anti-inflammatory properties that can relieve arthritis joint pain, and even slow the spread of certain types of cancer particularly prostate.

Healthy membranes

Chili peppers can also help flush mucus from your nose and lungs. I know when I’ve had a hot curry you can guarantee I will be streaming afterward. So they are great for clearing congestion and help keep the mucous membranes healthy.

Added to food and or taken in capsule form is beneficial.

So make sure you add some to your shopping list. Simply as nature intended it to be.