The Sizzling Hot Benefits of Jalapeno Peppers

Studies have shown that jalapeño peppers may provide pain relief for migraine headaches. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot, is known to inhibit a key neuropeptide, Substance P, that is the key brain pain transmitter. The heat in a jalapeño pepper stimulates secretions that help clear mucus from the nose, thereby fighting nasal congestion. The pepper also has antibacterial properties that combat sinus infections and provide relief from sinus headaches. Jalapenos peppers have long been know as a strong anti-inflammatory diet based food. They contain key nutrients that can bring on a host of health benefits and increase wellness. Let’s take a look at what much of the research says about jalapeno peppers.

Capsaicin may help to defend heart health by reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation. It may also help the body dissolve fibrin, which blood clots need in order to form. Furthermore, cultures throughout the world that take full advantage of spicy hot peppers in their meals have significantly lower rates of heart attack and stroke than the rest. Jalapeños are also high in vitamins A and C, and in bioflavonoids that help strengthen blood vessels, making them more elastic and better able to adjust to blood pressure changes.

The capsaicin in jalapeños not only burns the tongue, but according to studies it makes prostate cancer cells commit suicide (apoptosis). On top of that, the flavonoids and vitamins in jalapeno peppers are excellent antioxidants, preventing cancer by stopping cell damage. Capsaicin is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It inhibits Substance P, which is associated with inflammatory processes, much like it relieves headaches and migraines, mentioned above. Capsaicin may also one day be a treatment for arthritis, psoriasis and diabetic neuropathy. The capsaicin in jalapeños makes them what's known as a thermogenic food. Thermogenic foods actually burn away calories and fat, giving you that leaner, healthier figure you've been looking for, without even going to the gym! It is well known for these properties and commonly found in a cornucopia of weight loss pills and dietary supplements. *As noted in the world's healthiest foods.

This is becoming a very popular fitness food for fat loss. Although they are hot in nature, they are a very good food at empowering your health. More physicians and health experts are utilizing the strong health benefits of jalapeno peppers to increase overall nutrition, fat loss, and fitness.


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Known as America’s Health Coach, Dr. Asa Andrew is a national best-selling author and host of the #1 Health Talk Radio Show in North America. In addition to his hit television series, Dr. Asa is a regular contributor to NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and FOX and regarded as a healthcare leader in the field of lifestyle medicine.