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Eat Peppers for Good Health!

Aug 18, 2007
Eating peppers is a great way to stay healthy. Besides tasting great, peppers contribute to fighting disease, improving your respiratory health, and stimulating the digestive tract. Although some object to the tingling sensations of hot peppers, many swear by their advantages.

All peppers come from the genus "Capsicum," but the variety among peppers is tremendous. There are peppers that are mildly flavored, sweet peppers, and dangerously hot firecrackers.

No matter whether you enjoy the taste of the mild Anaheim or bell pepper, the medium Cascabel or the fiery Jalapeno or Tabasco, you should enjoy peppers on a regular basis. Peppers are not only delicious, they are also virtually fat free.

Peppers come in a wide variety of colors: light, medium and dark green; gold; orange; bright red and all the way up to dark red; yellow peppers from pale to bright; browns from medium to extremely dark and some peppers are even purple in color.

Peppers are comparable to garlic and onions in their health benefits. Peppers are helpful for respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis and an assortment of other breathing problems.

Hot peppers have played an integral role in Chinese medicine. Peppers have an ingredient in them known as "Capsaicin;" this ingredient is particularly good at encouraging the lungs to work as well as they possibly can. If you want your lungs to work efficiently, then add peppers to your diet on a regular basis. Peppers are recommended as a daily food for all individual who smoke. If you are exposed to second hand smoke on a regular basis, you might want to eat as many peppers as you possibly can.

Peppers help to fight off a cold or flu, due to their anti-inflammatory properties. Anyone who suffers from sinus congestion or sinus pain or has postnasal drip or problems with their nasal passages should add peppers to their daily diet. Peppers of all sorts can help to decrease the incidence of headaches.

Peppers have very few calories and are extremely high when it comes to vitamin C. In fact a green bell pepper contains more vitamin C than any kind of citrus fruit that is of the same weight and a red pepper triples that when it comes to vitamin C. The hotter the pepper, the higher quantity of vitamin C it contains. Back in history Chile peppers have been used to help prevent the common cold and when a person did get a head cold, Chile peppers helped to get rid of it as soon as possible.

Many people complain that they get indigestion hot peppers. Some people believe that stomach ulcers are linked to eating a great deal of hot peppers-- but this has never been proven conclusively in research studies.

Hot peppers are thought to work as a blood thinner, which can help the body to fight some causes of both strokes and heart attacks.

There are topical skin creams that contain the ingredient capsicum and this is useful for a number of chronic skin disorders as well as skin pain.
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Scott Meyers is a staff writer for Its Entirely Natural, a resource for helping you achieve a naturally healthy body, mind, and spirit. You may contact our writers through the web site. Follow this link for more information on Food Cures.
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