Health Benefits of Jalapeno Peppers | 9 Amazing Nutritional Properties of Jalapeno
With 109 mg of vitamin C, one jalapeno provides more than a day’s worth of this important nutrient. Vitamin C is essential to healthy tissue repair, and it acts as an antioxidant to help with immunity and to fight the effects of ageing.
A jalapeno contains a lot of potassium. It also provides iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper and manganese. These minerals all play a role in promoting healthy red blood cells, strong bone development and nervous system function.
Jalapenos provide antioxidants in addition to vitamins C and E. Antioxidants are phytochemicals that can scavenge free radicals in the body that you acquire through exposure to pollutants in the air, food and water. Antioxidants can help prevent the onset of disease. Fresh peppers have greater antioxidant content than canned or jarred versions.
4. Weight Control:
A substance in it known as capsaicin may help boost your metabolism slightly – helping with weight loss. Capsaicin – which gives jalapenos and other peppers their heat – can raise the core body temperature, leading to an increased metabolic rate.
5. Migraine Relief:
Studies have shown that jalapeño peppers may provide pain relief for migraine headaches. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chilli peppers hot, is known to inhibit a key neuropeptide, Substance P, that is the key brain pain transmitter.
6. Prevent Sinusitis and Relieve Congestion:
The heat in a jalapeño pepper stimulates secretions that help clear mucus from the nose, thereby fighting nasal congestion. The pepper also has antibacterial properties that combat sinus infections and provide relief from sinus headaches.
7. Cardiovascular Benefits:
Capsaicin may help to defend heart health by reducing cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation. It may also help the body dissolve fibrin, which blood clots need in order to form. Jalapeños are also high in vitamins A and C, and in bioflavonoids that help strengthen blood vessels, making them more elastic and better able to adjust to blood pressure changes.
8. Cancer Prevention:
The capsaicin in jalapeños not only burns the tongue but according to studies it makes prostate cancer cells commit suicide (apoptosis). On top of that, the flavonoids and vitamins in jalapeno peppers are excellent antioxidants, preventing cancer by stopping cell damage.
Capsaicin is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. It inhibits Substance P, which is associated with inflammatory processes, much like it relieves headaches and migraines, mentioned above. Capsaicin may also one day be a treatment for arthritis, psoriasis and diabetic neuropathy.
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Dietitian Vinita Jaiswal