Okay, I admit it’s one of those headlines that seems too good to be true. Full disclosure, I must confess that (Joe G.) Pepperhead’m, that is, someone who loves (actually longs) spicy peppers.
said, it is not solid science to support claims that there is something magical in chili peppers. Recent research suggests that people who like to eat spicy food can often live longer and healthier lives
The science behind the health benefits of hot peppers :.
Scientists studied nearly half a million Chinese adults for more than seven years ( BMJ August 5th, 2015 ). People who ate dishes with fresh or dried chilies them several times a week were 14 percent less likely to die during the study than those who rarely ate them.
The researchers note that capsaicin, the heat compound in hot peppers, has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of cancer and fight inflammation. Capsaicin is also an antioxidant and has antibacterial activity.
Scientists suspect food consumption chili pepper-laced could alter the balance of bacteria in the digestive tract. The ecology of these bacteria can affect diabetes, obesity and heart disease
healthy nutrients in hot peppers :.
They note that fresh chillies are also a great source of vitamins C, A, B6 and K, as well as potassium and capsaicin. Which of these nutrients may be contributing to the apparent health benefits is unknown, and epidemiologists are careful to note that their study was not able to determine causality. In other words, although we know that people who eat peppers live longer, it is not clear that it is his habit of hot pepper that is responsible.
However, many readers of this column have been for a long time enthusiastic about the benefits of capsaicin. This hot core has a long history of use in liniments for joint pain, and even FDA approved a capsaicin cream Zostrix , to treat painful rash due to shingles.
vs hot peppers. Plantar warts:
A mother reported put capsaicin to work against resistant plantar warts:
“Our son suffered plantar warts more than eight years after a long succession. procedures and medications, we were told to sprinkle cayenne pepper in socks and let him sleep on them. we washed every morning. After a week, the giant warts on their soles disappeared forever and have not returned “
chili peppers against severe headaches :.
An unexpected use for chillies is to stop severe headaches. . We have heard from many readers who find drinking spicy soup at the first onset of a migraine may be able to prevent
One woman wrote:
“My husband has been plagued headaches from an early age, so we are always looking for something new. Although it is early in our test using hot sauce and chips at the start of a headache, which certainly has left two headaches that would have been unique in its kind! “
Another surprising medicinal use of hot peppers is to help relieve heartburn. One person wrote a difficult struggle down omeprazole for heartburn.
“feel discouraged, I ate some jalapeno-topped sandwiches though my doctor had warned me to avoid anything hot My reflux now is kept under control by jalapenos every few days without anything else! the pain of reflux returns only if I go a week without eating any jalapenos. Facilitates hour after eating them and the relief lasts several days “
a woman was very worried about her husband’s romance with hot peppers that she made them the following question :.
P My husband loves hot peppers. hot sauce on almost everything, but Ice Cream eggs, spaghetti, hamburgers, vegetables, whatever gets. He loves the sauce, but I fear that all this hot material can cause an ulcer. I’m worrying unnecessarily?
A. Although spicy food is thought to be bad for the digestion, there is little data to support this belief. There is even a suggestion that the essence of hot peppers (capsaicin) can be good for combating indigestion ( New England Journal of Medicine March 21, 2002 ).
Other Pepperheads we know and love:
Our friend Pedro is also a Pepperhead. He loves hot peppers. What we call it considers hot barely warm. What is considered spicy for most people a nuclear fusion mouth.
Dinner at Peter is always exciting. On the surface it looks like a middle-aged guy mild-mannered professor, with a slight paunch and a little gray around the temples. It is the opposite of macho. But just he puts it in the kitchen with your favorite combination of hot peppers and put a sparkle in her eyes and is likely to challenge your guests to a fire-eating contest.
The last time we ate at Peter he introduced us to his latest discovery-Scotch bonnets, also known as the infernal habanero. This makes jalapeno peppers flavor as compared peppers.
Peter latest culinary creation was a curry that would have done justice to an erupting volcano. We did sweat, gulping beer, and breathless as he smiled with every bite amass
Scoville units, a measure of hotness :.
Instead of relying on comparisons of raw and hot, hotter and hottest chili or two vs. four alarms, scientists have come up with a scientific measure of spiciness. Capsaicin can be measured in something called Scoville Units, the name of Wilbur Scoville, pharmacologist who invented it. He was working in the pharmaceutical company Parke-Davis, the creator of a series of run-ins with arthritis containing capsaicin. Topical application of capsaicin is believed to deplete the nerve endings of something called substance P, which is necessary for the transmission of pain messages to the brain.
If you believe a jalapeno pepper, like those found sliced nachos, you’re hot, think again. They are only about 5,000 Scoville units. Thai hot peppers can reach 50,000 Scoville units. Pedro Scottish bonnets that are supposedly more explosive the world pepper can reach 300,000 units
Hurts So Good :.
Why would a grown man like Peter, who seems normal in all other respects, he and his guests subject to regular torture? According to Peter, the itch “hurts so good” that has become addicted to chili peppers and wants to share the pain / pleasure with your friends. It also promotes the health benefits of their burning recipes for guests.
Capsaicin has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. Herbalists have used to aid in digestion, to fight sore throats, colds and rheumatism. Apart from its use in the treatment of nerve pain, capsaicin cream is being tested for its effectiveness against skin problems such as psoriasis and vitiligo. Researchers are also studying the ability of capsaicin to dissolve blood clots and prevent heart attacks. Animal studies have shown that they can also lower cholesterol.
Hot peppers have been popular in Latin America and Southeast Asia. They are now becoming fashionable in the US as well. New research from China suggests that this may be a healthy trend.
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