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The Top 6 Health Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods

health benefits of eating spicy foods
HWC Team
July06/ 2015

Not all of us are very fond of eating spicy foods but do you know that spicy foods can actually be good for the health, if eaten in moderation?  Most cultures around the world incorporate spicy foods in their dishes to make the palate a little more tasty and exciting.

From chilies to curries and from spices to hot sauces, spicy food is undoubtedly the most interesting food types and can benefit you in multiple ways. For your reference, here are the top 6 health benefits of eating spicy foods:

1. Weight Loss

If you are someone who has been trying to lose weight but has been unsuccessful inspite of following various techniques, then why don’t you try incorporating a little spicy food in your diets?  Spicy items like hot peppers contain capsaicin which is an element which boosts the metabolism and helps to burn calories at a much faster rate.  This is because capsaicin increases the body temperature and increases the heart rate as well.

2. Good for Heart Health

Another major health benefit of eating spicy foods is that it is good for health of the heart and improves it by dissolving blood clots. When chilies are added to the diet,  the low density blood cholesterol tends to resist oxidation and thus reduces the risk of heart stroke . The capsaicin present in hot peppers and other spicy items also helps to fight inflammation and thus prevents heart health from getting affected.

3. Improves Blood Circulation

Spicy foods have also been known to improve the blood circulation and by eating them, one can (experience a decrease in) lower their blood pressure as well.  What happens is that on eating spicy foods, the temperature of the body rises, which   increase in blood flow and pumping of the heart.

4. Anti-Cancerous Properties

According to many studies, eating spicy foods can lower the risk of cancer because the capsaicin present in them slows down the growth rate of cancer cells and sometimes also leads to  death. This is why in countries where there is high consumption of chilies and hot peppers, the rate of cancer is lower.

5. Improves Digestion

Spicy foods also offer the amazing benefits of improving the digestion. This happens because spicy foods tend to increase the amount of hydrochloric secretion in the stomach, which result in an increase in the blood flow. This can also cause an increase in the mucous lining which kills bacteria and thus aids in digestion.

6. Improves Breathing

You may feel slightly uncomfortable and short of breath immediately after having spicy foods but actually, eating hot peppers etc. can improve the overall breathing. Hot peppers work like expectorant and can actually help people suffering from asthma, bronchitis etc. to breathe easily.  Hot peppers tend to open up the pores or the clogged nasal passages and thus help a person breathe in a much better way.  But it is important to eat spicy foods moderately.

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