1. Weight Loss:
Studies show that the main compound in chilies, called capsaicin, has a thermogenic effect and may cause the body to burn calories for 20 minutes post meal.
2. Heart Health:
Studies show that cultures that eat the most spicy food have much lower incidence of heart attack and stroke. Potential reasons: Chili peppers can reduce the damaging effects of LDL (bad cholesterol) and capsaicin may fight inflammation, which has been flagged as a risk factor for heart issues.
3. Lower Blood Pressure:
Vitamins A and C strengthen the heart muscle walls, and the heat of the pepper increases blood flow throughout your body. All of this equals a stronger cardiovascular system.
4. Mood elevator:
Spicy foods boost production of feel-good hormones, such as serotonin. So they may help ease depression and stress.