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Add Some Spice to Your Life- It might help you live longer.

Chili Peppers May Help You Live Longer

Feeling cold during these winter months? Add some warmth with chili peppers. It may help in more ways than one. 

Several prospective and observational studies found that those who consume chili pepper may have a lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and general all causes. The benefits likely come from the active compound capsaicin found in chili peppers. Small studies have shown capsaicin to be anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antioxidant (helps prevent damage to cells), and support blood and sugar regulation. Capsaican also has shown to help decrease pain. 

In these studies the frequency and type of chili pepper varied greatly, so it still remains unclear how often or how much chili peppers should be consumed. It is very unlikely that eating chili peppers in any amount will solve any health problems, while still having an unhealthy diet. The take home message still remains to follow a healthy diet; one that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, proteins, healthy fats, and whole grains, such that of the Meditarrean Diet.  

It is not recommended or advised to start to eat copious amounts of chili peppers, but sprinkling some chili pepper flakes on your grilled chicken or vegetable medley from time to time never hurt.  

 

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Dr. Pamela Santapaola Dr. Pamela Santapaola Dr. Pamela Santapaola (AKA Dr. Pam) is a licensed naturopathic physician in the state of Connecticut and co-owner of Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice. Dr. Pam has a passion for educating, whether it be through her writings or in her office in a one-to-one setting. She is an advocate of making small lifestyle changes that can make a big impact in the future. Her goal is to enlighten individuals about holistic medicine and empower them to make the changes necessary to live a healthier life. As her saying goes, "It’s time for you to start feeling like your best self.”

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