Hidden Health Benefits of Spicy Foods!

 

Spicy foods like cayenne, jalapeno, habanero, chili can be prepared in many different ways. Our favorite from of spicy cuisine is obviously salsa! However, when it comes to spice some people love it; and some people hate it. Regardless of your personal preference there are actually many good reasons to consume spicy foods on a regular basis.

Maintaining a Healthy Weight

Eating spicy foods on a regular basis can help you lose excess fat. Now, nothing can replace the benefits of a healthy diet and regular exercise but adding a bit a spice is great way to supplement the process. This is because spicy foods produce a slightly thermogenic reaction in your body, thus speeding up your metabolism up to 5% (Breslau, 2017). This number isn’t significant but having something spicy on a regular basis can compound over time.

Immune System Support

Yes, spice can help your immune system too. Again, adding spice to your life won’t add 10 years to your life or make you superman. Dramatic health effects like this can only be accomplished by many years of doing everything right. It’s a combination of many things that make a person live long and healthy life. Anyways, its because of the thermogenic effects of spices that give your immune system a little boost. The slight increase inn body temperature is useful for helping your body naturally fight off viruses and other foreign bodies (Everett, 2010).

Anticancer properties

Cancer has been a recurring theme in the blogs published here at Mikes Salsa. This is because cancer is a growing concern for many people now and we need to do absolutely everything we can to prevent it from starting in our bodies. A medical study published by the American Association for Cancer Research shows that capsaicin, one of the active ingredients in chili peppers, has been shown to slow and terminate cancer cells. This is due to capsaicin’s ability to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice while leaving healthy cells perfectly unscathed (Butler, 2017). Yes, this study was performed on mice, but mice and humans have many similarities on a cellular level.

 

As I mentioned before, some people prefer a lot of spice while some people don’t like any spice. Fortunately, here at Mike’s Salsa, every one of our salsa flavors come with three spice levels; mild, medium and hot. This way everyone can find a salsa that is perfect for their palate.

Get your favorite salsa here!!!

Remember, it’s the little things in life that add up to make a difference!

 

References

Breslau, E. (2017, Feb 7). The 5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Spicy Foods. Retrieved from Huffington Post : https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/the-5-amazing-health-benefits-of-spicy-foods_us_56b2592ce4b08069c7a5cc36

Butler, N. (2017, September 26). Some Like It Hot: 5 Reasons Spicy Food Is Insanely Good for You. Retrieved from Healthline: https://www.healthline.com/health/five-reasons-to-eat-spicy-foods#1

Everett, J. (2010, September 24). 5 Hidden Health Benefits of Spicy Foods. Retrieved from Self: https://www.self.com/story/5-healthy-benefits-of-eating-s

 

* We are not medical professionals. The information here and our other blogs is for educational purposes only and should not replace professional medical advice.

 

 

 

 

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