Did you know, readers, that apart from being used as a kitchen spice, red chili can also be used as an immune booster? Eits, before we discuss the benefits of chili, it would be nice if we first know more about chili.
Chili or red chili or lombok are fruit and member plants genus Capsicum. The Latin name for chili is Capsicum annum L. The fruit can be classified as either a vegetable or a spice, depending on how it is used.
According to Wikipedia.com, chili or lombok is included in the eggplant tribe (Solanaceae) and is a plant that is easily grown in the lowlands or in the highlands. Planting Chili plants are suitable to be planted in humus-rich soil, loose and nests, and are not waterlogged; The ideal soil pH is around 5-6. The best planting time for dry land is at the end of the rainy season (March-April). To obtain high chili prices, it can also be done in October and harvest in December, although there is a risk of failure. Chili plants are propagated through seeds grown from healthy plants and free from pests and diseases.
The benefits of red chili are quite a lot because the content in red chili is quite diverse ranging from protein, carbohydrates, sugar, fiber, fat, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, water and capsaicin.
Some of the benefits of Chili:
1. Relieve Pain
This is because the release of endorphins in the body stimulated by chili can act as a natural pain reliever.
2. Reduces the Risk of Heart Disease
With the content of vitamin B6, folic acid, potassium, and beta-carotene found in chili, you can avoid heart attacks.
3. Benefits of Chili for Eye Health
This is due to the Lutein content in chilies, especially green chilies.
4. Helps Lose Weight
According to research from the journal Appetite showed that intake of 2 milligrams of capsaicin per day for 12 weeks can help reduce waist circumference.
5. Benefits of Chili Maintaining Blood Sugar Levels
A study of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry revealed that capsaicin has the potential to lower blood sugar levels.
6. Boost Immune
In times of pandemic like now, it is necessary for us to take care of our respective immune systems. The content of Vitamin C in chili can be useful to increase our body’s immune.
That’s a little about the benefits of Chili. Although chili provides many positive benefits, we must still maintain our portions so as not to consume chilies in excess. Consuming excessive chili can make us experience digestive problems, stomach ulcers, stomach acid, and irritating the intestines can occur because we eat too much chili. As the saying goes “Anything in excess is not good”.
So much information from me, hopefully useful and have a positive impact. Thanks for reading.