Green chillies are India’s favourite ingredient to add spice to food. Raw, fried or roasted, green chillies are relished in many ways. Rich in vitamin A, C, B6 and nutrients like iron, copper and potassium, the little hot things also contain small amounts of protein, carbohydrates and phytonutrients. Green chillies aren’t just good for taste, but they are great for your skin and health too.
Here are some reasons that make green chillies really hot!
Reversing skin ageing
If you eat green chillies, you don’t have to worry much about skipping sunscreen or staying outside for a bit too long because they help fight ageing of skin. There are two parts of human cells, transcription factors as they are called, that play a role in preventing cancer and keeping skin young. UV light triggers these transcription factors and causes skin ageing. Capsaicin in chilli peppers block the activation of nuclear transcription factors and avert skin ageing and cancer.
Inflammation leads to puffy joints, irritated skin and redness on your body. Psoriasis, for example, is an inflammatory skin problem, marked by red, flaky skin with white scales. The skin and joint inflammation caused by it is pretty unsightly and discomforting. This inflammation is caused by Substance P, which is a neurotransmitter in our body. Capsaicin present in green chillies blocks Substance P, preventing inflammation and certain types of pain.
If you regularly have to deal with inflammation from psoriasis or arthritis, it is a good idea to add chillies to your daily diet.
Weight loss and fat burning
If you’re trying to lose weight, you’ll have to burn fat. Green chillies can help you a lot in this. Capsaicin is a thermogenic, meaning that it increases your body’s ability to torch fat. It amps up your metabolism and the way your body uses proteins. Just by adding a few green chillies to your diet, you will find your metabolism working overtime and giving you desired results for weight loss.
Protection against cancer
Green chillies act like janitors of the body because they are a rich source of antioxidants. They help protect the body against free radicals that damage immunity, making it vulnerable to cancer.
Regulate blood sugar levels
According to studies, adding chilli peppers to your meals lowers the amount of insulin needed by your body to regulate blood sugar levels after eating. You may add chillies to your curries or rub your meats with them to add some heat. Try adding chillies to roasted vegetables or sweet potato for some adventurous cooking.
It is easy to work with chilli peppers in preparing your meals. This little effort is all it takes to get a younger, smoother skin and a healthy, slimmer body.
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