What are the health benefits of chili peppers?

Judy Caplan
Nutrition & Dietetics Specialist

People used to think that eating hot peppers caused ulcers but that has been disproven. Studies of areas where hot peppers are used extensively in cooking, such as Brazil and Thailand, have found no higher incidence of stomach ulcers among their populations.

Evidence shows that peppers have beneficial properties. Capsaicin, the predominant capsicoid, has been found to work as an anticoagulant helping to prevent heart attacks or strokes caused by a blood clot. Small amounts of capsaicin can produce a numbing of the skin and have a slight anti inflammatory effect. In some countries it is used in salves. Chilies are high in vitamin C which may have a protective effect against cancer by removing free radicals which can cause cells to mutate.

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