For lovers of spicy food, life feels incomplete if you eat side dishes without the presence of chili or chili sauce for friends to eat until sweat flows down the forehead.
Blessed are you who cannot live without chili sauce. Apparently, besides functioning as a flavor enhancer and arousing appetite, research shows that chili has a variety of hidden positive effects on your health.
Chili - red, green, cayenne, curly, and jalapeño - rich in capsaicin. Capsaicin is a bioactive component compound that has many benefits to the body's resistance to infection. Quoted from the Huffington Post, capsaicin when used as a local treatment can help ease pain. Eating chili can also help improve the performance of the body's immune system, while stimulating the work of the kidneys, lungs, and heart.
Still need to be convinced? Here are 5 reasons that might surprise you why spicy food is good for you.
1. Lose weight
Research reveals that the heat sensation of capsaicin promotes stimulation of chocolate fat which can boost the body's metabolic performance to increase by five percent. Increasing the work of the body's metabolism will result in more optimal fat burning, which reaches 16 percent. That is, mencocol fried chicken with your favorite red chili is the same as burning calories. Other studies also show that capsaicin has a thermogenic effect that can make the body burn extra calories for twenty minutes after eating. Wow, that's ok, huh?
The above study also supports previous studies that linked consumption of red chili in high-dose caplets with a decrease in appetite and increased calorie burning activity. Both of these studies succeeded in concluding that chili - in high doses and normal dosages in ordinary cooking recipes - offered the same benefits. In addition, eating spicy foods also helps suppress appetite and cravings, and decreases the number of calories you eat.
Eits, don't be happy first. Of course achieving the ideal body weight cannot only be achieved by spending plates of chili sauce. Eating spicy foods for a diet program is okay, but it is also accompanied by regular exercise and a healthy lifestyle!
2. Better heart health
Studies show that cultures that eat the most spicy foods (yes, Indonesia too!) have a lower chance of heart attack and stroke. The reason, capsaicin in chili is effective in reducing levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in the body.
Vitamins A and C contained in chili strengthen the walls of the heart muscle, and the warm sensation of capsaicin can increase blood circulation in the body and cause - if not absolute - a decrease in blood pressure due to the influence of nitric oxide in capsaicin on widening blood vessels.
Capsaicin can also help prevent blood clots. In fact, capsaicin is still being studied for its ability to overcome the problem of blood circulation, hardening of the arteries, and abnormal heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias).
3. Long life
Quoting Health based on large research from China, spicy food lovers can have a higher chance of longevity - even if only a little - than those who don't like to eat spicy food at all. The results of the study concluded that people who ate spicy food almost every day had a 14% reduced risk of death, and those who ate spicy food only twice a week reduced their risk of death by 10 percent, compared to people who ate spicy food only once a week.
Among female participants, those who like to eat spicy foods are associated with lower deaths from cancer, heart disease and respiratory problems.
4. Prevent cancer and tumors
Capsaicin has been shown to activate cell receptors in the inner lining of the intestine to create a reaction that can reduce the risk of tumor growth by turning off over-reactive receptors.
Reported from Self, according to the American Association for Cancer Research, the capsaicin compound (which is also found in turmeric) has the ability to kill certain types of cancer and leukemic cells. Researchers also found that capsaicin was able to kill 80 percent of prostate cancer (in mice) without endangering normal surrounding cells.
Capsaicin has also been linked to the effectiveness of treatment of breast, pancreatic and bladder cancer, although you may have to take capsaicin in amounts that do not enter to be successful - for example, five habanero chili a week. /p>
Chili also has anti-inflammatory properties. Chili is considered very effective to protect you from ulcers in the stomach. Abdominal wounds are caused by the H.pylori bacteria that causes growth of boils, and capsaicin can help to kill these bacterial colonies. One study found that people who routinely consumed Chinese food, which contained fewer concentrations of capsaicin, had three times greater chances of developing ulcers in the stomach than those who consumed spicy Malay or Indian foods that had higher concentrations of spices and capsaicin .
5. Relieve sinusitis
Surely you have noticed how suddenly your nose becomes runny when you are feeling hot. Capsaicin contained in chili is similar to compounds found in many decongestant ingredients, so the more spicy your sauce is, the more runny your nose will be.
If you have a cold, it's good to add a pinch of dried chili powder to a cup of warm tea. Drinking slowly while inhaling the warm steam will help stimulate the mucous membrane lining your nasal passages to drain mucus, so you can breathe better. In addition, capsaicin is also rich in vitamin A, which helps strengthen mucous membranes. The mucous membrane serves as a protector to prevent bacteria from entering the body through the nose.
Don't overeat spicy foods
Now you understand about the various potential health benefits of eating spicy foods, but don't overdo it in order to achieve the dream of healthy living.
You might want to limit spicy food at night. Eating spicy foods before bedtime can cause digestive disorders that make it almost impossible for you to sleep well. Even if you are among those who can eat spicy food without having a stomach ache, chili sauce and spicy food are associated with long hours of awake at night and require longer periods of sleep, due to capsaicin that affects your sleep patterns by changing your body temperature .
As for how much spicy food you need to consume to get its benefits, doctors and experts advise you to start putting chili and turmeric into your diet at least 2-3 times a week - both eaten raw, made into chili sauce, marinade, stir fry, or whole baked ingredients.
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