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3 Reasons You Should Eat More Spicy Food

Capsaicin in Chili Peppers

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  • The spicy chemical in peppers – capsaicin – and other compounds in spicy food can improve your health
  • Capsaicin has been shown to activate cell receptors in your intestinal lining, creating a reaction that lowers the risk of tumors
  • The spices ginseng and saffron have been found to boost sexual performance
  • Capsaicin may help fight obesity by decreasing calorie intake, shrinking fat tissue, and lowering blood fat levels, as well as fight fat buildup by triggering beneficial protein changes in your body
  • More than half of Americans (54 percent) find hot or spicy foods appealing

By Dr. Mercola

I love spicy foods and typically enjoy 1-2 habanero peppers a day. If you like spicy food, there's good reason to indulge your cravings, as the spicy chemical in peppers – capsaicin – and other compounds in spicy food can improve your health.


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