Researchers have developed a way to stimulate metabolism without having to cut calories, thanks to chili peppers‘ main ingredient capsaicin. Researchers found just by adding the capsaicin from chili peppers into a mouse’s high-fatdiet, it prevented weight gain.
The interesting fact is that the heat and pain that chili pepper seeds emit is designed to make you not want to eat them. Apparently, humans are the only beings that are willing to take on the heat risk. No other animals will. While there are many different kinds of peppers, the chili pepper appears to be one of the main sources of capsaicin, which is found to have health boosting benefits.
Spicy foods may reduce the number of tumors.
A study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation discovered that the spicy chemical in peppers, capsaicin, can activate cell receptors in the intestinal lining, which can reduce the risk of developing tumors. The researchers fed capsaicin to mice prone to develop tumors and found that it reduced the amounts of tumors in the lives of mice.
Another study in the American Institute for Cancer Research discovered that approximately 80% of prostate cancer cells in mice were killed by capsaicin. In fact, the tumors shrank to about one-fifth the size of untreated tumors. There have been other studies that have shown capsaicin being effective in fighting various tumors as well.
Spicy foods can increase your libido.
One may wonder how effective natural aphrodisiacs really are; however, a research found in Food Research International found that a combination of ginseng and saffron both boosted sexual performance. It’s not really known to what the most effective doses are and how it’s best to consume them, but adding a little once a while won’t hurt. After all it is a much better option than the pharmaceutical libido boosters that have adverse side effects!
Spicy foods can help enhance your weight loss goals.
If you’re looking for a way to increase your satiety in foods while being able to eat less, then hot peppers can help. Capsaicin has been found to help your body to burn more calories and selectively destroy nerve fibers that transmit information from your gut to your brain. Research have found that metabolism can be increased to 5% and fat burning can increase by 16%, which can also help counteract metabolic decline that occurs when one tries to lose weight.
Other studies have found that spicy foods can help fight obesity by decreasing caloric intake, reduce body fat tissue, lowering blood fat levels, as well as fight against fat buildup by triggering beneficial protein changes in the body. This is all due to the thermogenic process that impacts your metabolism into a fat-burning mode.
If you’re looking for a way to spice up your meals, go ahead. One word of caution, just don’t overdo it like I once did by consuming a whole fresh ghost chili pepper!