If you love spice, then you’re in luck. Research shows that the consumption of spicy food has many health benefits! A compound found in chili peppers, capsaicin, has been linked to longevity benefits, metabolic benefits, and anti-cancer properties. 

Capsaicin and Lifespan

According to a Harvard study, those who consumed spicy foods (including chili) 6-7 days of the week had a 14% lower risk of death, when compared to those who did not eat spicy foods!

Capsaicin and Cancer

The active compound found in chili has been shown to reduce the growth of prostate cancer cells in mice. Additionally, other test tube studies have also found that capsaicin may inhibit the growth of specific types of cancer. 

Spice and Metabolism

A body of research suggests capsaicin can suppress appetite and increase metabolic resting rate. 

Spice and Inflammation

While human research is needed, test tube studies have found that capsaicin has anti-inflammatory properties.

How to add more spice into your routine?

Depending on the level of spice you can handle, you can add chili pepper into stir fries and soups – and you can even put on top of your morning eggs! Additionally, another easy way you can add more spice into your regimen, is to use chili to season your meat and veggie bakes.

The benefits of eating spicy foods are many! If you can tolerate them, we recommend adding more into your daily life. To learn more, read “Health Coach Type – Increase Your Spice Intake.” 

 

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