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What is the importance of chilli

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Asked by KAJAL SINGH, 26 Aug '11 09:46 am
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Chili , despite their fiery hotness are one of very popular spices known for medicinal and health benefiting properties. The chili is actually a fruit pod from the plant belonging to the nightshade family of solanaceae, of the genus; capsicum. Scientific name: Capsicum annum.

Health benefits of chili peppers

Chili pepper contains impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties.

Chillies contain health benefiting an alkaloid compound in them, capsaicin which gives strong spicy pungent character. Early laboratory 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 individuals.

Fresh chili peppers, red or green, are rich source of vitamin-C. 100 g fresh chilies provide about 143.7 mcg or about 240% of RDA. Vitamin C is a potent water soluble antioxid ...more
Source: http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/chili-peppers.html.
Answered by anantharaman, 26 Aug '11 09:51 am

 
  
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