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Capsaicin: A Spicy Supplement That May Deliver Well-Rounded Benefits to Your Health

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Chili Peppers

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  • What makes chili peppers unique is capsaicin, the ingredient that gives them their spicy flavor, as well as their unique health benefits
  • If you’re looking to add capsaicin to your diet, chili peppers are your best source. The only exception to this food group is the bell pepper, which has no capsaicin
  • To gain the health benefits of this compound, you need to buy real chili peppers that will give your food that distinctive spicy flavor

Chili peppers (capsicum annuum) are one of the most common yet important spices in cooking, and is enjoyed by countless people all over the world. While most people believe that they originated from India, China or Thailand — countries that make extensive use of chilies in their cuisine — did you know that they actually originated from the Americas?


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