These spicy veggies are proven to possess beneficial anti-cancer and heart-health properties. Dr Perricone explains: "The spicy constituents of capsaicin — the component in peppers that makes them hot — exerts strong anti-inflammatory effects and possesses proven anti-cancer and heart-health properties."
But that’s not all! Chili peppers can also help with weight control. Dr Perricone goes on to explain, "Chili peppers deserve a place of spicy distinction, because they offer unique weight-control attributes. They suppress appetite; raise your metabolic rate temporarily, which stimulates your body to release adrenaline, thus increasing your body’s propensity to burn stored body fat and sugars (glycogen); stimulates thermogenesis; and inhibits spikes in blood sugar for about 30 minutes after ingested, reducing the risk of an insulin response."
And, if that still weren’t enough, they increase endorphins, the "feel good" chemicals that boost your mood. How can you resist? Spice up your diet, and you can evidently reap waist-cinching, mood-enhancing benefits. Win-win!
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