Hot Pepper Craze – Health Benefits & Info


The hot pepper aficionado and/or pepper fan/lover, is often referred to as being a “chilihead” or, also separately spelled, “chili head.” Well, if you enjoy taking part in this hot pepper craze, you’re in luck – besides the tasty aftermath, there are several health benefits, as well……

Hot Pepper Craze!

Hot Pepper Craze!

The ingredient in hot peppers that is responsible for the heat, is called capsaicin.

As I mentioned before, in my post Heart Healthy – Anti-Inflammatory Sources, capsaicin naturally has analgesic & anti-inflammatory properties.

Peppers, whether hot or mild, all contain a decent amount of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. And, as with most fruits & vegetables, they contain an abundance of disease-preventing phytochemicals.

One quick myth to debunk: Hot peppers do not CAUSE stomach ulcers; in fact, they help prevent them…as they are excellent for our digestive tract. The bad reputation comes from people with pre-existing stomach conditions, as in their case, it may not be wise to eat spicy foods in general.

Lets get to the obvious health benefits: Capsaicin increases blood circulation, acts as an antioxidant, speeds up metabolism, acts as a mild pain reliever, helps to alleviate arthritic conditions, promotes heart health, is an excellent digestive aid – increases gastric juices to help break down food, and if you’re a male…it can cause a fire somewhere else besides your mouth. Oh yeah, capsaicin is often added into Male Performance pills for a reason. It helps to cause vascular dilation (also known as vasodilation) within those endeared, productive, useful, enjoyed penile chambers of yours. Hmm, that always sounds like fun…and your lover will surely appreciate it.

So, as you can see: there is plenty of reasons to spice up your life and embark upon the Hot Pepper Craze of today.

Fun tidbit: Capsaicin can have euphoric properties. The “hotness” from chili peppers can induce a temporary feeling of euphoria – due to your own body releasing endorphins in response to this “heat.” Obviously, that is why we have addicted chiliheads out there. Enjoy…

The Scoville Heat Scale is used to measure the “hotness” and/or concentration of capsaicin for peppers. You can search all you want about hot peppers and the hotness that they may provide on a scale, but take it from me, it depends on how you grow them. I’ll get to that info in a minute; now back to the scale…

The highest the scale goes, as in pure capsaicin, is 16,000,000. For example, a typical Jalapeno usually falls between 2,500 – 8,000 Scoville units – although, a smoked Jalapeno (Chipotle) has been known to hit 10,000 (plus or minus) on the scale – due to being more concentrated/dryed out. Cayenne peppers usually range between 30,000 – 50,000 and are much similar to Tabasco peppers, when it comes to heat levels. A commonly known sizzling demon of fury, is the Habanero pepper…and can reach 350,000+, and some variations of this pepper can reach even higher. On the low side, for example, a Pepperoncini (also known as Italian Peppers) are usually under 500 on the Scoville Heat Scale. Of course, a Sweet Bell Pepper is zero – but what did you expect?

When it comes to growing peppers, it is probably one of the easiest plants to grow and the hardiest plant you’ll have in your garden. They will not need overly fertilized ground or substrate, and they actually do better in poor to moderate conditions. Lets just say, if you pamper your hot pepper plant, you’ll end up with loads of healthy foliage (mass of leaves), less produce, and milder peppers. Also, if you overly water your pepper plants, the heat content will be withered. See, capsaicin produces in abundance as a natural ‘protective factor’ to save the fruit from being ate by wild animals when it is struggling. In better terms, the more harsh conditions provide the hottest peppers. But then again, they are native to harsh conditions, so go figure… I’m not saying you shouldn’t take care of them, but, for the chiliheads that want the hottest of the hot, you might want to factor in some ‘neglect’ into your gardening tactics. Now, how’s that for gardening skills? Interesting fact: Birds are immune to capsaicin’s effects…as they are nature’s natural spreaders of the seeds and whatnot. Just think, no matter how tough a local humanoid chilihead is, they can never handle the “heat” from a hot pepper like a little, innocent bird can, LOL!

In summary: Hot Chili Peppers are easy to grow, beneficial to your health – in many ways, can be addictive in a good way, and add a lot of spice to your food. Enjoy the craze… I hope you found this info useful. Now, go spice it up……

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