Lose weight and relieve pain with chili peppers

Chili peppers—jalapenos, serranos, habaneros, cayennes, poblanos and many others are indigenous to the Americas, and their remains from thousands of years back have been found in ancient ruins in Peru, El Salvador, Venezuela and Ecuador. The spicy little goodies that add tang and flavor to many a dish began spreading through the rest of the world by the 16th century.

Today India is the largest producer and exporter of numerous varieties of chilies.

These fruits with a bite are loaded with nutritional value and are the subject of ongoing scientific studies. The ‘magic’ ingredient of chilies which give them their bite is capsaicin, derived from the Greek term, “I bite.”

This ingredient is referred to as Substance ‘P,’ and is continuously studied in order to understand and utilize its power to relieve pain, aid weight loss and many other promising medicinal applications.

Chilies are loaded with vitamins C and A, as well as B vitamins, vitamin E, numerous phytonutrients, carotenoids and the minerals potassium, magnesium, iron and sulfur (which helps treat certain cancers). Peppers are great immune boosters, and their lutein content helps maintain vision.

Capsaicin has been found helpful in the treatment of arthritis pain, herpes-related pain, diabetic neuropathy, post masectomy and headache pain and even the itch of psoriasis.

Chilies have another useful—and unusual—function. In Asia and africa hot chili plants have historically been planted along fences and garden borders as an elephant deterrent! Elephants have very large and sensitive olfactory and nasal systems, and chilies have proven quite successful at steering them away from even the most enticing crops.

So, even if you too have a sensitive olfactory and nasal system, just remember that hot peppers help clear them out, as well as offering so many other health benefits.

You’d be amazed at how a little chili can add zest and flavor to a bland dish. Start gently and go for it!