Benefits of Chilli Peppers and Blood Pressure
For those with” high blood pressure, chilli peppers might be just what the doctor ordered,” according to a study reported in the August issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication. A substance called capsaicin is the key, it is this very ingredient which causes the heat and may force many of us to reach for the fire hose. This miracle ingredient has been show to cause the blood vessels to relax thus resulting in a lower blood pressure. Studies were carried out on hypersensitive rats and have yet to be carried out on humans.
The chilli pepper originates from South America and was exported to Africa and India, all the way to China and Korea. They come in many different colours,shapes, sizes and strengths. 80% of the capsaicin is found in the seeds and ribs, so be brave and add the seeds the next time you are preparing them. The chilli peppers is used in Eastern cooking liberally.
If that has not blown your socks off then here are some more health benefits to the chilli pepper.
1. Shown to have killed cancer cells in prostate cancer studies which were carried out on mice -Reported by the Cancer Research Foundation.
2.Pain Relief for osteoarthritis,headaches, migraines and sinus headaches
3. Antibacterial- prevents sinus infections and promotes nasal secretions to flow more readily due to the heat.
4.Anti-inflammatory- research is looking at this amazing ingredient as a treatment for arthritis,psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy. If that’s not enough it is also linked with reducing inflammation in suffers of inflammatory bowel disease(ISD). It has also been linked with killing H-Pyloric the main cause of stomach ulcers.
5, Thermogenic Effect- which means it will increase metabolism resulting in higher calorie burn and fat.
6. Protects the heart by reducing cholesterol, tryglericides and platelets aggregation(clumping or sticking together). It may even reduce the risk of blood clots by dissolve fibrin a substance responsible for blood clot formation.
Dont know about you but I am certainly including this wonderful food in my diet to help promote health. I use the bird eye variety they are relatively hot, especially if use the seeds. I love them chopped into fruit and veg salads, and also add them to my veg juices. Recently I have just gone 100% raw and am really enjoying the heat from the chilies.I have also found your tolerance to the heat increases the more you include them in your diet. But if you are not too sure try them with some fresh coconut or if you still include dairy in your diet with yogurt as that will take the heat down. Most of the chilies are labeled now with different strengths mild-very hot so if you are not sure try the milder Spanish or Hungarian variety. The jalapeno ,scotch bonnet,habanero are all very hot and fiery and are best used by the experienced pepper user. Of course you can find the chili fresh, dried, or as cayenne pepper. They store well in olive oil or in the freezer.
I think we can safely say Chili Peppers have benefits in promoting health and obviously more research is need especially in humans as to the amount of chilli we would need to eat to produce such positive effects.
Feel the glow the next time you include the power of chili heat…..
A New Way to Lower Blood Pressure: Pass the Chili Peppers Please! Cell Metabolism, Volume 12, Issue 2, 4 August 2010, Pages 109-110
William C. Sessa View Abstract
Rectal Cancer Rates On the Rise In under 40year olds
Health Day News reported that the incidence of rectal cancer among the age group under 40 is on the rise. The risk of this occurring in this group is still quiet small when compared to older population. There has been an average increase of 25% in the under 40 age group which still only equates to less than 10 new cases per year in the USA. However specialist have pointed out if you present with rectal bleeding one should see their GP. Whilst the incidence still remain small it is still a concern that it’s on the rise in this age group I feel and it has been suggested the cause is closely related to obesity in this age group. Other factors which have been attributed to colon rectal cancer are low levels of vitamin D as reported by The National Cancer Institute. Well that’s no surprise we all must know by now sunlight promote health as long as we are sensible and don’t plan to cook ourselves in the sun
What can we do to Reduce our Risk
- Increase fibre intake
- Increase hydration with filtered water, herbal teas vegetable juices, green tea and smoothies.
- Reduce stress levels with relaxation techniques like mediation, yoga, medative walking, Tai Chi and Qigong
- Increase Physical activity
- Chew your food to ensure you activate the digestive enzymes to help break the food down
- Avoid processed foods and reduce intake of sugar
- Add a probiotic to your diet and eat fermented foods e.g miso, sakureaute, kimchi natural yougart (all should be naturally fermented with no added sugar or alcohol)
- Reduce or avoid alcohol
- Stop smoking
FIBRE THE INTERNAL CLEANSER
Fibre is easy to find in vegetables, fruits , nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes and sprouts. Where you wont fibre is in meat, juices, many boxed cereal like corn flakes, white rice, pasta, cakes made with white flour and most processed goods and if present it is in minimal amounts and will not allow you to meet the recommend daily intake. RDI for men is 38g and for women 25g per day. Think of fibre in terms of having an internal scrub so after our shower we should then be planning our internal cleanse with a fibre rich breakfast eating food like oats, fruit, nuts, seeds, wholemeal toast, this will set the wheels in motion to get things moving as they say. Further more increasing your daily fibre will give you a sense of feeling full thus controlling your appetite and blood sugar.
This is a topic I feel needs discussing as when I have discussed with a high % of my clients over the years most of them have elimination problems due to a low fibre diet and inadequate hydration. I don’t know about you but I feel lighter and healthier when I have had a proper evacuation. If this is not occurring on regular daily basis I am afraid the toxins build up in the colon and head back into the blood which just leads to disease. Then what you are left with is a brick which wont shift and can lead to all sorts of complications cancer being one of them. That is it pure and simple. The hard cold facts are that colonrectal cancer is the third biggest cancer in men globally and fourth in women. Incidentally it is more common in the Western world due to our fast food lifestyle and less common in Asia and Africa.
Fibre comes in 2 forms well know as soluble and insoluble both playing an important function in maintaing a healthy body. Solubel fibre is the sticky fibre which dissolves in water and absorbs water. It can be found in beans, legumes,oat bran fleshy part of many fruit and veg. The main function of soluble fibre is to transport bile acids out of the body which results in a lower cholesterol. Soluble fibre promotes the production of friendly bacteria which in turn produces vitamin B1 B,2,B3,B5,B6,B12,and K. These bacteria produce lactic acid which helps trigger peristalsis (contraction) of the bowel. Without these friendly bacteria we provide an environment for unfriendly bacteria to multiply which then can result in all sorts of conditions like the common yeast infection, weaken immune system ,development of allergies, depression, and many other degenerative conditions in other words a sick body and mind.
The body is unable to digest insoluble fibre and is thus used to form the bulk in the stool and help move waste products along the gut and maintain a health bowel. Insoluble fibre doe not dissolve in water and is found in the skins of fruit and veg, whole wheat grains, brown rice. Fibre is lost once grains have been processed in to an unnatural state eg white flour.
The recommended dietary fibre intake for men is 38g/day and for women 24g/day. So you can see if you are eating fast foods you may not even get 10g per day. Like Newton said “what ever goes up must come down” and I say what ”ever goes in must come out”.
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