This infographic entitled "How a Chili a Day Keeps the Doctor Away" illustrates some interesting facts about the composition, nutritional properties and health (including weight loss) benefits of chili peppers.
The infographic also includes a thermometer that shows just how spicy certain peppers are in relation to pepper spray and Tobasco sauce.
Chili peppers are rich in phytochemials, copper, iron, potassium and vitamins A, B6 and C. They also contain capsaicin, the the active ingredient and a compound that makes them hot and spicy.
Capsaicin is thought to have certain medicinal uses, taken internally (eaten) or applied topically (in a cream), including the following:
❤ It raises the metabolic rate (metabolism) for up to three hours, which aids in calorie and fat burning, and weight loss.
❤ It may reduce to risk of heart attack and stroke by boosting circulation, thinning the blood and lowering cholesterol.
❤ Its potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties aid in fighting chronic inflammation, preventing and clearing up sinus infections and congestion in nasal passages.
❤ It may slow down the growth of pancreatic, prostate and lung cancer cells, according to recent studies.
❤ In topical creams, it helps relieve headaches and pain in muscles, and may reduce the pain of osteoarthritis and psoriasis.
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