Spicy-food aficionados can agree; chili peppers can be a delicious addition to your favorite dish. Touted for both their intense flavor and great health benefits, including chili peppers in your diet can improve more than one body ailment.

What is a Chili Pepper?

Known for their fiery kick, chili pepper is a spice grown and used around the world. Native to central America, many Mexican dishes incorporate the use of chili peppers. Considered fruits; chili peppers resemble that of a bell pepper.

Health Benefits

Spicy foods, including the chili pepper help relieve nasal congestion and sinus related headaches. Chili peppers are also said to fight cancer, lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, burn fat, and protect your heart.


Studies with capsaicin found it has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-diabetic properties, among others. In addition, research shows it can lower cholesterol in the obese.

Vitamin C

Besides being a crucial vitamin to keeping your immune system strong, vitamin c promotes collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main component for maintaining the body’s organs, skin, and bones.


The chili pepper also has a long list of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, including; b vitamins, vitamin b-6, vitamin A, iron, copper, and potassium.

Source: Nutrition and You

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