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5 Health Benefits of Spicy Food

5 Health Benefits of Spicy Food

Many food lovers will boast that spicy food is an acquired taste – though there are people who simply can’t hack the heat!  Aside from like and dislike, spices have been used for health benefits and medicinal purposes since they were first introduced in Asia – back in the ancient days of pharaohs and pyramids.

Below is a list of 5 common ailments and diseases that can be combated with the right spice:

  • Heart Problems – Amazingly enough, chili peppers have superb inflammation-fighting powers that can effectively help in the process of getting rid of an preventing blood clots.  They’ve also been known to reduce blood pressure and generally improve the circulation of your blood.
  • Obesity – There’s been a lot of hype about spicy food and weight loss – and here’s the skinny:  Capasicin comes from chili peppers and is a great metabolism booster.  This causes your body to naturally burn off unwanted calories and take away the munchies by lessening your appetite.
  • Alzheimer’s Disease – A few years back a bunch of specialists concluded that elderly people who had sufficient amounts of curry and cumin in their regular diets were 50% less at risk for developing a cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Liver Problems – Turmeric is said by many to be one of the most powerful spices in the world, with all sorts of medicinal and healthy ways to use it.  Turmeric acts as a natural detox and antiseptic agent and helps keep your liver clean as well as kill any bacteria that gets in it’s way.  It’s also great for arthritis and joint pain.
  • Cancer – When it comes to the big “C” scientists have tried everything to get it under control – but what about some plain old mustard seed?  It is said that mustard contains several cancer-fighting properties as well as provides a good dose of magnesium – which is used to lower risk for heart attacks.

There are many, many, many more spices and health benefits – but these are just a few to get you started!


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