Move Over Kale, Jalapenos Are the Health Food You Never Knew About

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If you are the person who loves hot food and is always adding extra hot peppers to your sub at lunch, you should be aware, also, that they are doing more for you than simply making you sweat.

Jalapenos, which are ever-present in Mexican food, have several surprising health benefits.

Jalapenos: A Nutrient-Packed Super Food

–           Calories: 4

–           Carbohydrates: 1 gram

–           Fat: 0 grams

–           Fiber: 0.4 gram

–           Protein: 0.1 gram

They are also high in vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, and potassium. They contain beta-carotene, which is an antioxidant that may help to prevent damage to your cells.

With are the health benefits of Jalapenos?

1)         They May Help You Lose Weight

Thanks to the compound called capsaicin, Jalapenos can help people to maintain a healthy weight, or even help them lose weight. How?

People have two types of fat: white and brown.

White fat is where excess energy (a.k.a.- calories) is stored, which can be used later. The quantity of white fat depends on the calories stored, more calories – more white fat.

Brown fat contains high levels of iron and is filled with mitochondria. It stimulates burning calories that produces heat and warms the blood, thus helping the whole body to stay warm.

This characteristic of the brown fat, to burn calories, can help people to lose their weight.

There are a few ways you can activate the brown fat you have on your body:

–           Standing out in the cold

–           Eating hot peppers

Capsaicin is a compound that helps the body to activate brown fat tissue in the same way as cold temperatures.

According to the researches conducted on that purpose, people who consume capsaicinoids with their meals ate about 74 fewer calories than they normally would.

People can eat Jalapenos raw, cooked, as a dried powder, or even as a supplement.

2)         Hot Peppers May Help to Fight Cancer

The lab studies confirmed that capsaicin kills over forty types of cancer cells without harming the healthy cells of the human body. It stops cancer cells from growing and dividing, and it’s slowing down the formation of blood vessels around tumors. Capsaicin can even stop cancer from spreading to other parts of the body.

3)         Jalapenos as a Pain Reliever

For those who can consume spicy food, it is the best way to use it for such purposes. However, if consuming hot peppers is a painful experience for somebody, they can benefit in other ways, for instance, external us.

Capsaicin has the ability to temporarily block pain receptors wherever it is applied. People might feel a bit of a burn at first, but that quickly transitions into pain relief. But rubbing a jalapeno pepper all over the skin might be inappropriate, so use lotions and patches, which help with shingles, arthritis, diabetic nerve pain, and even migraines when used in the form of a spray. Scientists have a different opinion on whether or not eating jalapenos or applying them directly to the skin.

Note: if you suffer from migraines, avoid the pickled variety of jalapenos, as that may sometimes trigger migraines in people due do their high tyramine content.

4)         Prevent Stomach Ulcers

A stomach ulcer can be triggered by numerous reasons, including an overgrowth of H.pylori bacteria in the stomach, too much stomach acid, or not enough blood flow to the stomach.

Everyone, by taking too many NSAID pain relievers (like Advil), or being a heavy smoker, frequent drinkers, or experiencing high levels of stress, might be also at risk for developing an ulcer.

By reducing inflammation, capsaicin could protect your stomach, and even help kill some of the H.pylori bacteria in the stomach. However, people who suffer from gastric ulcers should proceed with caution.

5)         Jalapenos are Good for Your Heart

Heart diseases are strongly linked to diabetes. Numerous studies have found that people who eat five grams of capsaicin before a high-carb meal have lower levels of sugar in their blood. According to those findings, capsaicin could help people with diabetes control their blood sugar and prevent the spike in blood glucose levels.

6)         Hot Peppers Fight Infections

Herbs and spices have been used, for decades, by people in cooking to prevent food from spoiling. For that reason, by eating these same compounds people could fight infections in their bodies as well.

There is some evidence to suggest that capsaicin can help slow the growth of foodborne bacteria and yeasts. It can even help fight other types of infections like strep throat, chlamydia, and tooth decay.

7)         Add Some Spice to Your Life

Nobody needs to start downing whole, raw jalapenos to get the benefits from capsaicin, because that super-chemical can be gotten by throwing a few slices of jalapenos on top of the salad, or stirring them into a pot of chili.

Do not force with spicy food instantly, start it in small portions and gradually increase it into your diet. On this way, you will build up a tolerance to how much spice you can handle

Sources:

www.webmd.com

www.healthlinkbc.ca

www.webmd.com

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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