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Chilli

Chilli

Are chillies hot in more ways than one?

The answer would appear to be yes as more and more of us are adding these hot little numbers to our diet.

Capsicum (herb popularly known as chilli and pepper) has been found to have a number of positive effects on our health. In terms of boosting our immune system with vitamin C, chillies contain more vitamin C than citrus fruits. Unlike many foods when cooked, the chilli only loses one third of its vitamin C content so you don’t have to worry about eating them raw!

Chillies are also great if you have a cold because they can help clear away congestion build up allowing us to breathe more easily.

It has been suggested that chillies may help our cardiovascular system. Capsicum may help to reduce blood pressure. High levels of fibrin thicken the blood which increases the risk of developing blood clots and athlerosclerosis (furring of the arteries). Some studies suggest capsicum may lower the level of fibrin in the blood - reducing our risk of developing blood clots and athlerosclerosis.

Such is the power of chillies that many so called 'slimming pills' such as capsiplex claim to draw on these properties to maximise fat burning. You can see our review here.

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