Crushed Red Peppers can be traced back to Central and South America. They have been cultivated for more than seven thousand years. It was not until the 15th century that red peppers were introduced to the rest of the world. In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda, a traditional form of Indian medicine, red peppers have been used to treat digestive problems, circulatory problems, infections, and arthritis.
It May Help With Weight Loss
Recent research has found that dried red pepper flakes may be an appetite suppressant for people who are not used to the spice. Results showed that adding the flakes to the diet daily decreased feelings of hunger in test subjects who did not normally eat them. These same subjects found they craved fatty, salty, and sweet foods less. Only those who were not used to the flakes were affected by the dried pepper’s appetite-suppressing effects.
Full of Antioxidants
In a recent study, researchers found that three different types of peppers (pasilla, guajillo, and ancho) contained carotenoids. These pigments give the peppers their color, but they are also beneficial to your health. The carotenoids act as antioxidants that protect your tissues and cells from the dangers posed by free radicals. These radicals play a crucial part in increasing bodily pain.
Boosts Immune System
That bright red color of the chili flakes says that it is high in beta-carotene. Beta-carotene gets converted to vitamin A which is essential for healthy mucous membranes. These membranes line the nasal passages, lungs, intestinal tract, and urinary tract, which serve as the body’s first line of defense against pathogens trying to get into our bodies. Plus, red pepper flakes contain vitamin C, which is needed for a healthy immune system.
Research has shown that crushed peppers reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation. These peppers have been found to aid in helping the body to dissolve fibrin, a substance integral to the formation of blood clots. Studies have found that in areas where people eat hot peppers regularly in their diet, they have a much lower rate of heart attack, stroke, and pulmonary embolism. One study found that people who ate the hot peppers had a rate of oxidation much lower in both men and women. Plus, women had a longer lag time before damage by cholesterol was seen.
Beneficial for Diabetics
Studies have found that crushed red peppers may aid in the amount of insulin required to lower blood sugar after a meal. Promising results have found that insulin requirements drop even lower if crushed red peppers are regularly consumed. One study found that overweight people had lower amounts of insulin required to lower their blood sugar levels after a meal. Nutritionists also found that it is not just the capsaicin, but the antioxidants, including vitamin C and carotenoids, which might help to improve insulin regulation.