Monday, 15 December 2014

Benefits and Usage of Red Chilli Powder

Red Chilli Powder can set the taste buds on fire and generally used to add spice to food. 

 

Health Benefits:

  • Capsaicin - Chillies have vitamin C and Vitamin A containing beta-carotenoids which are powerful antioxidant. These antioxidants destroy free radical bodies. Usually, these radical bodies may travel in the body and cause huge amounts of damage to cells. These radical bodies could damage nerve and blood vessel in diabetes.
  • Detoxicants - Chillies acts as detoxifiers as they removes waste products from our body and increases supply nutrients to the tissues. It also acts as gastrointestinal detoxicants helping in digestion of food.
  • Pain killer - Chillies stimulates the release of endorphins that are natural pain killers. It relieves pain caused due to shingles, bursitis, diabetic neuropathy and muscle spasm in shoulders, and extremities. It also helps in relieving arthritic pains in the extremities.
  • Antibiotic - Chillies brings fresh blood to the site of the infection. The fresh blood fights infection. The white blood cells and leukocytes present in the fresh blood fights viruses.
  • Brain - Capsaicin stimulates brain to excrete endorphin and gives a sense of pleasure when ingested. This is the reason people get addicted to Chilli.
  • Cancer - It has been noted that vitamin C, beta-carotene and folic acid found in Chilli reduces the risk of colon cancer. Chilies such as red pepper have cartonoid lycopene, which prevents cancer disease.
  • Heart Attack - Chillies have vitamin B6 and folic acid. The vitamin B reduces high homocysteine level. High homocysteine levels have been shown to cause damage to blood vessels and are associated with a greatly increased risk of heart attack and stroke. It also converts homocysteine into other molecules which is beneficial to lower cholesterol level.
  • Lung Disease - Chillies gives relief from nasal congestion by increasing the metabolism. It also dilates airway of lungs which reduces asthma and wheezing. It relieves chronic congestion in people who are heavy drinkers.

Medicinal Uses:

  • Chilli peppers contain chemical compound capsaicin. Capsaicin and its co-compounds used in the preparation of ointments, rubs and tinctures for their astringent, counter-irritant and analgesic properties.
  • These formulations have been in use in the treatment of arthritic pain, post-herpetic neuropathic pain, sore muscles, etc.
  • Scientific studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. It also found to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in obese persons. 

 

Culinary Uses:

  • Fresh raw bell peppers and other  sweet, mild variety peppers are being used as vegetables in cuisines in many parts of the world.
  • Chopped peppers are being used in the preparation of  Chilli sauce, pizzas, rolls, and in variety of dishes using fish, meat and chicken in many Central American and European regions.
  • Dried Chilli powder is an important ingredient in the spice mix known as curry powder in many Asian countries.
  • Hot Chillies used as a condiment in the preparation of soups, chili sauce, spicy water, vinegar-spice mix, etc.
  • Chillies, soaked in yogurt and then dried under sunlight, are used as condiment side-dish which served during dinner time in south-Indian states.

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