The hotter the healthier!
They belong to the same family as bell peppers, however, there’s just a small gene making them different, but adding the capsaicin which is found in the hot peppers and in fact is the substance that makes the pepper hot.
If in the ’70s it was accused of a lot of stomach problems, bowel and blood vessels diseases, things have changed radically in the past decades. Studies made in Australia, universities in the southern United States and in Hungary, (all areas where the consumption of fresh peppers is a kind of “cult”), have shown that the facts are exactly the opposite: chili peppers prevent many cardiovascular diseases, cure stomach and intestines, and new benefits are discovered along the way while new research is being carried out.
What types of chili peppers to use?
When it comes to bell peppers, we know the color is the best hint to know the healing substances they contain. For chilies, it’s much more simpler: to be active from the therapeutic point of view, they need to be very spicy. No matter whether they are red, green, yellow or orange, it is important to contain large amounts of capsaicin, which – besides the extremely “stingy” taste – has a lot of therapeutic benefits.
Ways to use chili peppers
1. As they are
It is the most commonly used form of administration, as it is also the most convenient and allows for a fairly good assimilation of active principles. Fresh peppers are washed and consumed during the meal, not cooked, preferably with seeds. On one hand, the consumption of seeds can cause some gastrointestinal disturbances; on the other hand, the most important active principle of the sweet peppers, capsaicin, is found only 10% in the pulp of the pepper and the remaining 90% in the seeds. So, if you can, eat chilies together with the seeds.
The daily dose of hot pepper varies from person to person, and can range from a minimum of 1.5 grams three times a day to 5 grams three times a day. In countries like Hungary, Mexico or Thailand even 50-100 (!) grams of hot peppers are consumed daily by a single individual, of course trained in this way without causing any side effects. However, if you are not accustomed to the spiciness of the peppers, you first consume small amounts, gradually increasing the dose, if there are no unpleasant side effects. Normally, a chili pepper diet should not last longer than 30 days, followed by a minimum of 15 days of rest.
2. Chili pepper tincture
Finely chop 30 grams of fresh chili peppers, then placed them in a jar, adding half a glass (100 ml) of water and another half a glass of 90-degree food grade alcohol. Seal the jar tightly with the lid and leave the preparation for maceration for 10 days, after which it is filtered and the tincture obtained is poured into small, dark bottles. Administration: Take 30-50 drops of tincture in honey or water, 3-6 times a day.
3. Chili pepper oil
Take a jar and pour in a glass of olive oil, and a quarter cup of finely chopped chilli pepper. Seal the jar and allow the contents to soak for 14 days, then sieve and pour in a dark bottles. The obtained oil is used as a massage oil against cellulite, for improving circulation through the hands and feet and for treating frostbites.
Helicobacter pylori infection
Laboratory studies conducted in 1997 by a team of American microbiologists led by Dr. N.L. Jones, have highlighted the fact that the hot pepper inhibits the growth of this bacteria, which is responsible for more than 25% (after some researchers even more than 40%) of cases of gastritis and gastro-duodenal ulcer. Individuals who have been diagnosed with infection with these bacteria should consume 2-4 grams of hot pepper every day in four-week courses followed by another four weeks of rest.
In 1995, an experiment was conducted on a group of 18 healthy volunteers who had gastric lesions by ingestion of repeated doses of aspirin on the empty stomach. Half of them consumed 7 grams of chili peppers a day for four weeks, while others had a normal diet. Finally, imaging analysis showed the group of people who consumed the hot pepper, had an area of gastric lesions lower by 30-100% than the control group.
Post op digestive disorders
A study conducted in an American oncology hospital in 1997 has shown that patients who ate chili peppers daily for up to 8 weeks after surgery had an improved appetite and less nausea than the ones who didn’t. The dosage was just 1 gram up to 3 times per day, and it’s also worth mentioning that the surgery weren’t digestive related.
Throat pain (pharyngitis), gout (acute rhinitis), and flu (influenza) infections
Take 30 drops of paprika tincture diluted in a little water 4-6 times a day. You can also eat red chilli peppers, preferably 5-10 grams in a day. Hot pepper tincture strongly stimulates blood circulation in the neck, nose and sinuses while activating local immunity. Hot pepper consumed as such quickly fluidizes nasal secretions with a drain effect. In addition, the red chilli with its vitamin A content, maintains the health of the nose, throat, and bronchial epithelium as a barrier to influenza infections.
Did you know that capsaicin destroys 80% of the malignant cells that cause prostate cancer? Under the action of this substance, malignant cells simply commit suicide, or to put it more nicely, they activate a self-destruction program. Researchers who made this discovery claim that a quantity not too large of capsaicin (as contained in 5 grams of hot peppercorns with seeds) ingested daily prevents the appearance and recurrence of prostate cancer.
Mix 50 drops of chili pepper tincture in half a glass of green tea mixed with lemon juice. Consume every half an hour, but no more than 6 times a day. The substances contained in the hot pepper interfere with the neurochemical process of pain transmission, partially blocking the nerve influx that causes the feeling of headache and nausea.
Eat the peppers, at least 3-4 grams per meal. They stimulate the production of gastric acids and improves the gastrointestinal peristalsis. It also improves the absorption of nutrients. This simple treatment is recommended for people with “lazy/slow digestion” and is also very useful for the elderly who are experiencing this problem.
In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a team of Australian researchers showed that 3-5 grams of pepper consumed during meals reduces excessive insulin secretion, one of the phase’s precursors of type II diabetes. Australian researchers believe that consuming chili peppers during the meal are an excellent way of preventing type II diabetes. They recommend eating chili peppers, even in small quantities, at every meal.
A study shows that, indeed, the chili pepper helps us lose weight. After eating one, it was observed that the body spontaneously consumes calories due to the so-called thermogenic effect. Simply put, 20-30 minutes after we have consumed it, our body gets warmer, which makes us burn calories and helps us by default (it’s fair, not very much) to lose out of extra pounds. Outwardly, massage with peppermint oil stimulates blood circulation, helping to eliminate excess adipose tissue and even cellulite.
Apply two times per day chili pepper tincture on the pain spot and keep it for 20 minutes. The treatment is done for 15-21 days and significantly reduces rheumatic pain through a neurochemical mechanism that is still under investigation. It is worth mentioning that although in many patients this works like a charm, it does not improve the articular mobility or the functionality of the rheumatism-affected member.
Studies done in the 1990s have highlighted an astounding anti-pain effect of external pepper-based solutions for diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy. In one of these studies, 271 patients with moderate to severe pain were treated for eight weeks with chili pepper oil, which was applied twice a day in painful places. A percentage of 58% of them felt a significant improvement, even if some got irritations and mild burns due to hot pepper. Therefore, this treatment has a high efficiency, the only problem being that it can cause quite serious burns of the skin, the applications of hot pepper oil must be made in treatments not longer than 4 weeks, followed by another 4 weeks of rest.
Hands and cold feet
Oil and massage vigorously your legs and hands with chili pepper oil. It is a simple treatment, but it activates strongly the blood circulation from the extremities. The treatment is very well complemented by eating the peppers during the cold season – it improves blood circulation overall.
I just want to mention that you should seek medical advice before trying out the things I presented here. You can use them as guidance, but it’s best to follow your doctor’s orders regarding any treatments.
How about you? Do you like it? Have you ever thought it has so many benefits?