Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods

Are you fond of taking spicy foods? If yes! Then you are not only enjoying the tasty foods but also getting a lot of health benefits from your food. In this current article we will talk about some of the best benefits of eating spicy foods. Go through an eye read on the article to know more about the benefits of spicy foods.

Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods

Benefits of Eating Spicy Foods:

Spicy food is enjoyed all across the globe because spices add an incredible amount of flavour to your food. Spicy Foods may give you heartburn at times; yet they have a great health benefits when consumed in moderate amount. Spicy foods like chillies, hot sauces etc are actually beneficial for health. Below we will talk about the benefits of eating spicy foods.

  1. Weight Loss Benefits of Spicy Foods:

    If you are looking for weight loss then spicy foods can help you to some extent. Hot sauce or chopped jalapeno can make even the most bland diet foods more palatable, which may cause you to be more likely to stick with your weight loss plan. Apart from this, capsaicin present in chillies has a thermogenic effect that may cause the body to burn bonus calories for about 20 minutes after chow-down

  2. Heart Health Benefits of Spicy Foods:

    There are wonderful heart health benefits of eating spicy foods. Studies have shown that the cultures that eat the most spicy food have much lower incidence of heart attack and heart stroke. This may be due to the fact that chilli peppers can reduce the damaging effects of the bad cholesterol of the LDL and capsaicin may fight inflammation which has been known to be a risk factor for the heart health.

  3. Spicy Foods are Beneficial in Lowering Blood Pressure:

    Spicy foods are also known to be beneficial in lowering blood pressure. Vitamin A and Vitamin C present in hot spices, help in strengthening the heart muscle walls and the heat of the pepper increases the flow of blood all throughout the body. This in turn makes a stronger cardiovascular system.

  4. Spicy Foods May Help Prevent Cancer:

    As per the American Association for cancer research, capsaicin has the ability to kill some cancer and leukemic cells. One particular spice, turmeric may slow down the spread of cancer and tumor growths. It is known to have a similar effect on the body as some cancer drugs do.

  5. Benefits of Spicy Foods in Improving Longevity:

    Spicy foods are also known to improve longevity. A study in 2015 which included about half a million Chinese people, found that those who consumed spicy foods six times in a week, reduced their risk of death by 14% during the course of the 7 years study. It also found that taking spicy foods just two days in a week lowered the risk of death by 10%.

  6. Spicy Foods Act as Pain Relief:

    Spicy foods can act as a good pain reliever, because of the capsaicin present in the hot peppers and other spices.

  7. Anti-inflammatory Properties of Spicy Foods:

    Spicy foods show anti inflammatory effects because of the capsaicin present in the hot pepper, chilli, hot sauce etc used in preparing spicy foods. Being rich in anti-inflammatory properties, spicy foods with the ingredients like turmeric, aids in reducing join inflammation and bone destruction. This helps in alleviating the pain associated with arthritis.

  8. Anti-Microbial Properties of Spicy Foods:

    Studies have shown that capsaicin present in many spices, hot peppers, hot sauces etc, have antibacterial and antifungal properties which is why they are used as food preservatives.

  9. Spicy Foods is Beneficial in Improving Breathing and Clearing Nasal Passages:

    Hot peppers used in spicy foods are known to be helpful in an improved breathing. They act as an expectorant and can help people with asthma, chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, emphysema, and various other respiratory conditions, breathe easier. Spicy foods comprising of hot peppers help you breathe better by opening up clogged nasal passages. However, make sure that you take spicy foods in a moderate amount.

  10. Mood Lifters:

    Spicy foods are also known to be one of the best mood lifters and help you improve your mood. Chilli peppers enhances the level of endorphins and serotonin; both of which dull pain and give us a feeling of wellbeing or a feel good feel. Spices act as depression fighters and powerful stress relievers.

  11. Improves Digestion:

    Spices are known to improve your digestion because they increase the hydrochloric secretion of your stomach, which in turn increases the flow of blood to your stomach and even increase the mucous lining. Capsaicin also aid in killing the bacteria like H. Pylori and aids in preventing or curing stomach ulcers. However, you can take antacid relief tablet in case you feel heartburn because of spicy foods you eat or consult with your doctor for the best treatments.

  12. Improves Circulation:

    It is also known that spicy foods are responsible for an improved circulation of blood. They promote the blood circulation and appear to lower blood pressure. As we take spicy foods, our body’s temperature increases, which in turn increases the blood flow and gets your heart pumping. Apart from this, as hot peppers contain vitamin A and vitamin C, they strengthen the blood vessel walls.

  13. Improves Good Sleep Patterns:

    It is found by the Australian researchers that people who consumed spicy foods regularly fall asleep more easily. They also woke up easier and had more energy all throughout the day. So, this can be concluded that spicy foods aid in improving good sleep patterns

  14. Helps Fight Against Cold and Flu:

    Spicy foods can help you fight against cold and flu. Capsaicin present in the spices promotes sweating and thus eases the discomfort of cold and flu symptoms. It also aids in opening up the nasal passages. It may also be beneficial in reducing sinusitis and various other flu symptoms.

  15. Good Nutritional Value:

    Spices like hot sauce, chillies etc contain a lot of vitamins and minerals. So, taking spicy foods can help you intake vitamins and minerals along with many essential nutrients required for a healthy body.


Here above we talked about some of the best benefits of eating spicy foods. It is very sure that you must be trying to take these foods now in your regular diet. However make sure that you are also made well aware of the fact that there are some side effects of taking more of spicy foods too, which include heart burn, lasting burn in your mouth, and many more. So, kindly take spicy foods moderately and enjoy the best of the flavors in your food along with the best of your health. Also make sure you consult with your doctor before taking spicy foods, in case you have some serious medical conditions.

Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:July 7, 2017

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