The benefits of hot pepper

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November 24, 2015
File Scotch bonnett peppers.

Dear Readers,

Shirley is a 75-year-old lover of hot pepper and says it's her turn to ask about the medical uses of the fruit.

Hot peppers are relatively small but come with a punch' all their own to the mouths of the unwary! Peppers are also full of good nutritive uses. They are excellent sources of both Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are skin and hair enhancers and contain antioxidants, which prevent ageing and promote a healthy and strong constitution. Vitamin K is also present, which helps with blood clotting. They are also a source of potassium, folic acid, and fibre.

Remember, though, that peppers can burn your skin and eyes if eaten too abundantly! If your mouth burns after eating peppers, then drink a cup of cold milk.

Hot peppers boost metabolism and are said to suppress appetite, although not enough to consider it for excessive use!

It seems that people who usually eat bland foods are the ones who benefit the most, with increased metabolism after eating hot peppers.

By mixing bits of pepper in with cooked foods or fresh salads, the health benefits can be enjoyed without the discomfort of burning lips and tongue.

Capsaicin is a healthy ingredient found in hot peppers (which causes the heat). Cancer research has shown that this substance suppresses the growth of prostate cancer. It is an antioxidant and prevents cell death caused by free radicals.

Peppers are useful in preventing arthritis pain and asthma. Capsaicin reduces blood cholesterol and reduces the risk of stomach ulcers. It has been found that peppers help kill bacteria that cause stomach ulcers.

The carotenoids present also aid in preventing against lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, bladder, and cervical cancer.

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