7 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper or Chili & Nutrition Facts

Chili contains various nutrition which are beneficial to human health, chili pepper or cayenne pepper also called chile pepper or chilli pepper, is the fruit of plants from the genus Capsicum, members of the nightshade family, Solanaceae. The term in British English and in Australia, New Zealand, India, Malaysia and other Asian countries is just chilli without "pepper".(Wikipedia) Chilli plants contain lots of vitamin A and vitamin C, and contain essential oils that capsaicin causes nutty flavor.

The most important chili health benefits is the content of Lasparaginase and Capsaicin which acts as an anticancer agent. In addition, the vitamin C content is quite high in chillies can meet everyone's daily needs, but should be consumed just enough to avoid stomach pain.

7 health benefits of cayenne pepper/chili

1. Prevent cancer
In addition to potent against inflammation, capsaicin in chili peppers can also prevent the spread of prostate cancer cells, according to the results of research conducted by the Cancer Research reported by whfoods. However, one thing you should be aware of is that eating too much chili can actually increase the risk of stomach cancer, so be careful.

2. Boost immunity 
The content of vitamin C in chili, served to boost immunity. In addition, the combination of vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C in chili will help protect the body from disease. For example, flu, coughs and colds. Vitamin A can ward off infection, such as the nasal passages, lungs, bladder vegetables, and gastrointestinal tract. 

3. Good for heart
Vitamin A and C along with bioflavinoids contained in chili can strengthen blood vessels, and make it elastic, and more able to adjust to fluctuations in blood pressure. In addition, chili are also capable of lowering cholesterol, and reducing the amount of fibrin in the blood.

4. Helps Burn Fat
Studies show that capsaicin can help speed up your metabolism and reduce fat tissue, as well as to control appetite.

5. Lowering Blood Sugar Levels
A study shows that eating chili can help control insulin levels after eating. The amount of insulin necessary for the body to lower blood sugar levels after a meal is reduced 60 percent.

6. Keeping weight
Burning sensation in the body when we eat chili is one proof that the chili has a thermogenic effect or produce heat in the body, an effect similar to exercise. In addition, red chili also help speed up the process of  digestion and metabolism.

7. Against inflammation
Substances capsaicin in chili is known to inhibit neuropeptide responsible for the inflammatory process. Ointment or cream containing capsaicin is also widely used to treat arthritis pain or joint pain.

Chili nutrition facts

Peppers, hot chili, red, raw
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
166 kJ (40 kcal)
8.8 g
- Sugars
5.3 g
- Dietary fiber
1.5 g
0.4 g
1.9 g
88 g
Vitamin A equiv.
48 μg (6%)
- beta-carotene
534 μg (5%)
Vitamin B6
0.51 mg (39%)
Vitamin C
144 mg (173%)
1 mg (8%)
23 mg (6%)
322 mg (7%)
0.01g – 6 g
Percentages are relative to
US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
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