When you eat spicy food, you may feel that your mouth is about to explode.
However, eating spicy food usually causes no serious long-term effect.
One of these compounds in peppers, capsaicin, may actually have health benefits rather than adverse effects.
* Increased longevity:
People who consumed spicy foods six times a week reduced their risk of death by 14 percent. In addition, consumption of these foods only two days a week reduced the risk by 10 percent compared to people who ate the mildest rate.
Studies have shown that hot peppers can help curb appetite and increase metabolism. The reason why people consume less fat after eating large amounts of hot peppers was due to capsaicin, the ingredient that causes burning sensation in the mouth that can increase the ability to burn calories.
* Pain relief:
Capsaicin has been shown to cause the release of endorphins in the body, chemicals that interact with receptors in the brain that reduce pain perception. Endorphins also cause a positive sensation in the body, similar to morphine.
* anti-inflammatory effects
Data suggest that capsaicin may help with autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. One expert even confirmed that arthritis is less common in countries where a lot of spicy food is consumed.
* antimicrobial effects:
Studies have shown that capsaicin has antibacterial effects, and possibly also to a lesser extent, the effects antifungals. This is why hot peppers have been used as a food preservative.