Previously, we told you about capsaicin — the compound responsible for the heat sensation experienced when eating chilli peppers — and how it has the potential to help fight the build-up of body fat.
Let’s be honest, with the festive season looming on the horizon we’ll all overindulge at dinner and Christmas parties… and before you know it there are a few extra pounds wobbling around your waist.
Fortunately, adding some spice to your meals may just do the trick to stop those pounds from piling on… and it may even help prevent a heart attack.
Banish belly fat and heart attacks
A recent study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that regularly eating spicy foods might slash your risk of dying from heart disease, respiratory problems and even cancer.
The researchers followed nearly a half million people for four years and found that those who ate spicy foods 3-7 days a week were 14 per cent less likely to die of a heart attack than those who ate spicy foods less than once a week.
Even if you only ate spicy foods twice a week, you cut your risk by 10 per cent.
And the ideal spice to do this is capsaicin. Previously, we told you about the compound’s powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and it has been proven to help reduce inflammation (which is why it’s often used in pain relievers), fight infections and lower blood pressure.
There are also some encouraging animal studies that have found that capsaicin may help kill cancer cells and shrink tumours. And if you want to fight the Christmas bulge, according to a 2009 study, published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, researchers found that consuming a combination of capsaicin and green tea suppressed appetite and led subjects to feel less hungry and take in fewer calories.
Another 2009 study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, found that capsaicin may help decrease ghrelin – a hormone involved in promoting hunger.
In addition, spicy dishes — especially if they’re Indian or Southeast Asian cuisine — often contain healthy doses of the powerful spice turmeric. Curcumin, one of the main components in turmeric, is one of the most effective and versatile natural disease-fighters around.
Aside from reducing inflammation, curcumin is loaded with antioxidants and has been proven to help lower your risk of Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer and heart disease.
You can certainly get all the capsaicin and curcumin you need from supplements that are all over the market these days. Or just try adding some chilli powder or turmeric to rubs, marinades and homemade sauces.
You won’t just be spicing up your meals, you may also be adding years to your life.
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Eating spicy foods regularly may extend lifespan, medicalnewstoday.com