Spicy Food’s Health Benefits: Preventing Cancer, Improving Heart Health And More

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Many people get an upset stomach after eating spicy foods, so these hot foods often get a bad rap despite the fact that they have nutritious benefits. Actually, they are doing our bodies some good along with making our food taste better.

Following are some health benefits of spicy foods that may surprise you.

1. Improve heart health

It is surprising that spicy foods can improve your heart health. More interesting, the spicier your food intake over years, the less risks there are of heart attacks and strokes. Some spices such as hot chillies and peppers help reduce bad cholesterol in your body as well as lower inflammation.

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2. Control your weight

Along with improving your heart health, eating spicy foods can also help you lose weight. That is because these foods, including red peppers and chilies, contain a compound called capsaicin that helps increase your metabolism. This causes your body to burn more calories. In addition, the spicy foods can ease hunger pangs, which can help you control your weight effectively.

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3. Prevent cancer

Another health benefit of spicy foods is cancer prevention. Apart from increasing your metabolism, capsaicin found in these foods can kill some cancer cells. According to a 2007 study, curry contains curcumin, which is especially useful in both fighting and preventing prostate cancer.

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4. Boost your mood

When you consume the spicy foods, the heat from the food causes your brain to release feel-good endorphins, which boosts your mood and makes you more energetic. In addition, the spicy food increases serotonin in your brain, making you feel happier, less stressed and more alert.

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5. Improve circulation

Rich in vitamin C and vitamin A, spicy foods such as peppers help strengthen the blood vessels, promoting good circulation and reducing blood pressure. When you consume them, your body’s temperature is raised, which increases the blood flow and gets the heart pumping.

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6. Relieve congestion

Spicy foods are a great home remedy to ease sinus congestion and relieve clogged nasal passages. So if you have a fever, flu or cold, chicken soup with pepper can work wonders for you.

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Lee Dobbins has 433 articles online and 7 fans

I have been working as a doctor of a general hospital since February 1998. In addition, I am a full time writer and specialize in weight loss related issues. I also write for a number of different websites on the Internet.

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This article was published on 2013/10/29