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Weight loss, healthy heart, lowering blood pressure and pain relief – and this is only part of potentially useful results of eating spicy food. In particular, it proves useful properties of capsaicin, the active ingredient of Cayenne pepper.

For those who have spicy food causes irritation, a useful alternative may be taking supplements with capsaicin.

Weight loss

Add in food spices can boost the metabolism helps to reduce weight. According to studies, capsaicin has a thermogenic effect and may cause the body to burn more calories after a meal.

Good for the heart

Some studies have shown that a diet with lots of spicy foods correlates with lower risk of heart attack. Sufficient studies that explain the relationship spicy foods with reduced risk of heart attacks has not been conducted, but the researchers believe that this may be due to the fact that pepper reduces the harmful effects of bad cholesterol, while capsaicin has demonstrated its ability to fight inflammation.

Spicy foods contain vitamins a and C and these vitamins, according to research, strengthen the muscles of the heart walls. Researchers believe that the burning sensation from hot pepper also improves blood flow to the entire body.

Pain relief

Capsaicin is the active ingredient in some analgesic creams, without a prescription. Such creams contain capsaicin concentrated amounts and effectively relieve arthritis pain and herpes zoster, relieving some types of headache.

This article was written by staff writer iHerb.


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