Spice highlight –
Locally known as ‘lal mirch’
Chilli packs a punch not only in terms of its spiciness, but also in terms of the health benefits that it offers.
It is rich in antioxidants and is a good source of vitamins, such as vitamin A and vitamin C that boost the immune system. It is also a good source of B- vitamins and vitamin E.
Recent research shows that Capsaicin, a compound found in chillies may help destroy cancer cells. Chillies are also said to stop the spread of prostate cancer. Apart from their possible cancer fighting abilities chillies help lower blood sugar levels, improve heart health, boosts circulation, thins blood and helps protect against strokes.
Capsaicin has anti inflammatory processes. It provides pain relief and reduces inflammation; it is thus beneficial to those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Chillies also have anti bacterial properties. They are also known to have a therapeutic effect on the body. Capsaicin also increases the metabolic rate, as it is a thermogenic compound. This aids in the fat burning process. Chillies have a mistaken reputation for causing stomach ulcers; in fact they can help prevent ulcers by killing harmful bacteria that has been ingested.