‘Spice a dish with love, and it pleases every palate.’ Adding spices to your cuisine not only gives an excellent flavor to your dishes but are also beneficial for health in ways you couldn’t have imagined!!
Today we enlighten you with the health benefits of spicy food taken in ‘moderation.’ So next time when someone says this dish is too spicy, you can defend your dishes with science.
Yes, you read it right! Research suggests Capsaicin present in hot peppers can speed up metabolism and even help in burning calories much faster as capsaicin increases body temperature increasing heart rate.
Pungent food is said to be good for the heart as the hot peppers improve the body’s ability to dissolve blood clots. Research shows that low-density cholesterol which resists oxidation was acted upon by capsaicin thus significantly reducing stroke rate. A study done by Drugs in R & D found that curcumin was equal or more effective than diabetes medications at reducing oxidative stress and inflammation in the treatment of high cholesterol.
As spicy food raises body temperature resulting in a higher heart beat it also promotes better blood circulation throughout the body, they even help in strengthening blood vessels as they are rich in vitamin A and C.
Spicy food promotes secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach; Capsaicin also helps in killing bacteria such as H.pylori and helps in preventing stomach ulcers.
Both capsaicin present in chilies as well as curcumin present in turmeric readily suppress the growth of cancerous cells and keep inflammation at bay improving the immunity of the body.
Curcumin present in turmeric reduces inflammation and bone destruction and alleviates the joint pain faced by patients with arthritis.
7.COLD AND FLU:
Spicy food also promotes sweating by raising body temperature thus giving relief by opening nasal passages. Curcumin present in turmeric provides warmth and heat to the body soothing the throat and giving relief from cold and flu symptoms.
Research shows that curcumin present in turmeric is 400 times more potent than Metformin, which is a common diabetes drug, in activating AMPK which is responsible for improving insulin sensitivity. Thus, helping in reversing type-2 diabetes.
9.MOOD LIFTERS AND BETTER SLEEP PATTERNS:
Chili peppers assist in boosting the level of endorphins as well as serotonins, both, of which are responsible for reducing pain and give a feeling of well-being. Thus spicy food can act as powerful stress busters and depression resistors. Research done by Australian researchers suggests that on average people who had more spicy food could fall asleep much more quickly and had much higher energy levels throughout the day.
Since hot peppers raise heartbeat resulting in faster respiration, they help people having asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, sinusitis and other such respiratory diseases breathe easier by opening up clogged nasal passages.
These are the top 10 benefits of adding spice to your cuisine. So the next time, your friend or family member, asks the reason for so much spice in your food, show them this post. 😉