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12 Benefits of Green Chillies: Zero Calories, But Packed With Vitamins

  • Green Chilies are a popular condiment on Indian thalis
  • But this little wonder is packed with a host of benefits
  • It is also zero calorie, thus great for weight loss

Raw, fried, roasted in your tadkas or added to curries, this little spice is not only delicious but also rich in so many vitamins. It comes with a pack of health benefitsthat it almost seems unbelievable.

Let’s look at some healing benefits this humble spice offers:

1. We should begin with the ultimate benefit - i.e. green chilies come with zero calories. In fact, they speed up one’s metabolism as much as 50% for up to three hours after eating.

2. Protection against cancer: Green chilies are loaded with antioxidants, that protect the body against free radicals by acting as natural scavengers. Green chilies can also keep prostate problems at bay.
 

  1. Green chilies also exert a number of beneficial effects on the cardiovascular system. Specifically, it reduces the likelihood of developing atherosclerosis by reducing blood cholesteroland triglyceride levels and platelet aggregation, as well as increasing fibrinolytic activity. Fibrinolytic activity refers to the ability to prevent formation of blood clots, which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
  2. Interestingly enough capsaicin, found in green chilies although hot to taste, has been shown to lower body temperatureby stimulating the cooling canter of the hypothalamus in the brain. This explains why, even in very hot places like India, green chillies are consumed.

  3. Capsaicin in green chilies has a stimulating effect on the mucus membranes of the nose and sinuses. Capsaicin stimulates blood flow through the membranes and causes mucus secretion to become thinner. This action makes it beneficial in combating the common coldor sinus infections.
  4. The heat produced by the chilies, act as an effective pain reliever, as a digestiveand anti-ulcer aid. Although, people with active peptic ulcer may be bothered by “spicy foods”.

    7. Loaded with Vitamin Cand beta-carotene, green chilies are great for healthy eyes, skin and immune system. Make sure to store the green chilies at a dark cool area because chilies lose their Vitamin C, when they are exposed to heat, light and air.
     
  5. When eaten, green chilies release endorphins that boosts the mood, and reduces pain.

    9. Green chilies are proven to balance blood sugarlevels. If you are diabetic, this may be your answer to healthy diet.

    10. Green chilies are a natural source of iron, and a rich source for iron deficient people.

    11. Green chilies have a lot of antibacterialproperties and can help treat skin infections.

    12. Green chilies are rich in Vitamin K that help decrease your risk of osteoporosis and of bleeding dangerously when you are cut out or injured.

    Phew! Add green chilies generously to all your meals, not just to enhance flavor, but also to give you all these health and medicinal benefits. The clincher? With zero calories, it helps dieters achieve their goals faster too.




 

 

 

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