Hot peppers get their heat from an oily chemical compound called capsaicin, …it speed up your metabolism and extremely helpful when you trying to lose weight.
Several studies have found that capsaicin and other similar compounds called capsaicinoids can boost metabolism by 4–5% per day, potentially making it easier to lose weight .
They are commonly used in Mexican cuisine to add a spicy flavor to many dishes. The pepper is similar in shape to jalapeño but is thinner and shorter. The pepper originates from two mountainous Mexican states, namely Puebla and Hidalgo.
The Scoville Heat Index is a scale used to rank peppers based on the level of pungent heat they provide and serrano peppers fall between 5,000 and 25,000. Therefore, the peppers are considered moderately spicy.
While the original color is green, the pepper turns red, brown and yellow when it ripens. The dried versions are said to be much spicier and heated than the fresh produce.
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A serving of 100 grams contain 0.4 grams of fat, hence the chili does not add calories.
According to an article recently posted on Dr.Axe, the nutritional value derived from 105 grams is 79 percent of the daily value of vitamin C, 27 percent of the daily value of vitamin B6, 20 percent of the daily value of vitamin A, 15 percent of vitamin K and 9 percent of potassium, respectively.
When selecting the pepper while cooking, ensure it does not contain moisture and is firm yet smooth in texture. Here are some of the health benefits that draw people to the serrano peppers.
Brings Down Body Heat
An active compound found in these peppers called capsaicin is what gives it spicy flavor, which is the key component that lowers body temperature in hot climates. A typical reaction to the peppers is profuse sweating that is produced by sending a signal to the brain that the body is in need of warmth. This refers to the capsaicin compound’s natural cooling method.
Helps Arthritis and Sore Muscles
The capsaicin compound is also available in the form of topical cream or patch, which reduces the amount of the key neurotransmitter substance P that relays the messages of pain to the brain. Therefore, pain caused by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia can be relieved with the usage of capsaicin creams. A German study indicated that 50 percent of joint pains were brought down by capsaicin cream.
When first applied, the substance P is released before it finally runs out, leading to some burning initially. But with frequent usage over time, the burning sensation stops.
The serrano pepper is full of vitamin C, even more than the orange fruit that is hailed for its vitamin C content. The nutrient is key to repairing tissue from the effects of inflammation. It also increases the potential of the immune system to protect the body against diseases.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Capsaicin helps in lowering cholesterol levels by preventing cholesterol levels from adding up in the system while it stimulates excretion and detoxifies the body. The peppers in this way prevent cardiovascular diseases by not allowing the arteries to contract.
Destroy Cancer Cells
Capsaicin results in apoptosis, a condition known to let the cancer cells destroy themselves. Studies have indicated that breast and prostate cancer incidences reduced with capsaicin consumption.
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