A chilli a day…
We definitely don’t need to convince you of the fantastic flavour that chilli brings, but we can make your chilli-eating habits even better by giving you the good news – chillies are here to help you lead a healthy, happy life!
Below are many reasons for you to keep eating your chill – after all, a chilli a day keeps the doctor away.
Vitamin C: Chillies are loaded with vitamin C so if you’re not in the mood for an orange, go for the burn! It’s not only said to boost collagen but also helps heal wounds and build up immunity against infections.
Dosage: Just one tablespoon of chilli pepper provides 108% of your daily Vitamin C requirements. Half a cup of chopped peppers can contain up to 180% of the Vitamin C needed daily.
Vitamin B6: Chillies can help reduce the risk of heart problems and prevent anaemia by helping to create healthy red blood cells. It also provides B3 and folic acid which is beneficial especially to pregnant ladies.
Dosage: one red chilli pepper offers 12% of the daily recommended value for Vitamin B6.
Vitamin K1: The presence of this vitamin in chillies can help prevent blood clotting and maintain healthy bones.
Dosage: 20% of your vitamin K1 needs can be met on a daily basis by adding one cup of chopped chillies to your meals – we know that sounds like a lot but try adding more chillies to your food incrementally and you’ll love the daily dosage of zingy, hot chillies in no time.
Potassium: This vitamin will help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Dosage: Although you’ll need to eat a lot of chillies before the potassium value in our fiery friends will meet the daily recommended amount, every bit helps!
Vitamin A: The vitamin A in chillies provides benefits including reduced inflammation of lungs and improved eyesight. It also strengthens blood vessels which enables them to adjust to blood pressure.
Dosage: Chill peppers are relatively low in vitamin A but for all the added benefits we’re grateful for every bit that helps!
Chillies are said to help maintain our health in several other ways:
- reduces asthma and wheezing
- aids digestion and gastrointestinal irritations
- provides relief for inflammatory bowel disease
- relieves arthritic pain
- reduces cholesterol and boosts metabolism
- reduces insulin levels after meals by up to 60%
- boosts blood circulation and thins blood to help protect against strokes
- acts as a decongestant to relieve nasal congestion and sinus infections
- promotes weight loss by burning fat and supressing appetite
In short, there’s almost no area where chillies aren’t beneficial. Research on the health benefits of chillies is widely available and has revealed that cultures using hot peppers are said to have lower heart attack and stroke rates. The iron in chillies contributes to better cognitive performance and maintains healthy blood flow while the minerals of manganese, folate, potassium, thiamine and copper all play a part to make the chilli an ultimate daily supplement. Many of these vitamin benefits are said to be attributed to the antioxidant carotenoid of capsaicin found in chilli peppers of all varieties and we can’t be thankful enough.
Looks like the doctor was right about this one! A chilli a day...