Are you one of those who run away from cayenne pepper because of its spice? Well, you'll be surprised to know that you are losing out on a lot of health benefits. Here are some of them.
1. Weight Loss
Capsaicin is the active ingredient that gives cayenne pepper its spicy taste. It also inhibits the formation of fat tissue by activating AMP-activated protein kinase—an enzyme that plays a role in eating behavior and energy expenditure. Studies have shown that capsaicin in cayenne pepper significantly reduces your desire to eat. So, if you want to lose some weight, start including cayenne pepper in your diet.
2. Relieves Headaches & Migraines
Capsaicin in cayenne pepper helps relieve headaches and migraines by depleting the Substance P, a neurotransmitter that sends pain signals.
3. Reduces Blood Sugar Levels
According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people with diabetes who ate a meal containing liberal amounts of chili pepper in their diet required lesser amounts of insulin to reduce their blood sugar levels.
4. Unclogs Stuffy Nose
Capsaicin in cayenne pepper stimulates the release of mucus from respiratory passages, hence opening up your airways and providing you relief from nose congestion.
5. Aids Digestion
It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the production of enzymes and gastric juices that aid the body to metabolize food. It also helps relieve intestinal gas by stimulating the intestinal peristaltic motion (progressive wavelike contractions that push the food forward), thus aiding in both assimilation and elimination.