CAUTION: Before you start enjoying chile pepper as a part of your diet, be sure to check with your doctor or nutritionist. Always remember not to overdo.
There are many health benefits of chile peppers.
1. Chili pepper contains capsaicin that has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties.
2. Chile pepper also reduces LDL cholesterol levels in people who are obese.
3. Fresh chile peppers either red and green are rich in vitamin-C.
4. Chile pepper also contain antioxidants such as vitamin A and flavonoids like ß-carotene, α-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin, and cryptoxanthin.
5. Chilies contain potassium, manganese, iron, and magnesium.
6. Chilies are also good in B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin and thiamin (vitamin B-1).
Just 100 g provides (in % of recommended daily allowance):
240% of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid),
39% of vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine),
32% of vitamin A,
13% of iron,
14% of copper,
7% of potassium,
0% of cholesterol.
The next time you have a sore throat and reach out for your favorite teas and lozenges, see if they too contain chile pepper.
Finally, if chile starts to burn the palate, drink milk, not water, to cool off.
Namaste -- Cathi