The key healthy ingredient in hot peppers is capsaicin, which is the element that gives peppers their heat. The Journal of Cancer Research reports that capsaicin has been shown to suppress the growth of prostate cancer cells. The antioxidant nature of capsaicin can combat cell destruction caused by free radicals, according to the American Cancer Society.
The hotter the chili pepper, the more capsaicin it contains.
Natural Pain Relief
Topical capsaicin is now a recognized treatment option for osteoarthritis pain.
Red chili peppers, such as cayenne, have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, while increasing the body’s ability to dissolve fibrin, a substance integral to the formation of blood clots. Cultures where hot pepper is used liberally have a much lower rate of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism.
Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
Help reduce your risk of hyperinsulinemia (high blood levels of insulin) a disorder associated with type 2 diabetes.
Peppers dehydrate easily. I put the dried peppers in my “dry” Vitamix container and using the plunger, grind the peppers into flakes.
Store ground peppers in air tight containers.
Visit The Old Airport Gardens in Lillooet for fresh hot peppers!
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Capsaicin is being studied as an effective treatment for sensory nerve fiber disorders, including pain associated with arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy. When animals injected with a substance that causes inflammatory arthritis were fed a diet that contained capsaicin, they had delayed onset of arthritis, and also significantly reduced paw inflammation.