Can Hot Peppers Lower Your Risk for Heart Attack And Stroke?

If you are a fan of Mexican or Italian food, this article may make your heart skip a beat…and not just because of the hot peppers you may consume. It has long been known that hot peppers contain many healthy vitamins and health benefits, but now a study has concluded how hot peppers can potentially lower your risk for heart attack and stroke.

Capsaicin For Taste And Health Benefits

Capsaicin is the main compound found in chilis giving them their spicy and pungent taste. It also contains vitamins and minerals with many health benefits. Although there are far too many to list here, some include joint pain relief, help with migraine headaches, decreased risk of dementia, improved cognitive performance, and lower cholesterol levels. It also helps to fight fungal inflammations and the flu.

Chilis also contain potassium, riboflavin, and niacin which all help to reduce risk for heart disease!

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Recent Italian Study

23,000 people were studied for 8 years to determine the benefits of hot peppers. Some ate chilis and some did not. At the conclusion of the study, those who ate hot peppers had a 40% lower risk of dying from a heart attack if they ate chili peppers at least four times a week. Death from stroke was also cut in half for those who ate hot peppers. 

An additional bonus gleaned was they learned it didn’t matter the diet type. Those who ate a typical Mediterranean diet versus a less healthy diet all had the same beneficial results from eating hot peppers.

More Studies Are Needed

Although the Italian study confirms the benefits of eating hot peppers, other researchers claim there was no causal link proven. 

It should be noted that ingredients like chili peppers, herbs, and other fresh spices are usually used in recipes with other fresh ingredients like vegetables, so this may be an additional piece of information to consider.

Final Thoughts

If you like Mexican and Italian food, you are already ahead of the game. If eating hot peppers can potentially lower your risk for heart attack and stroke, why wouldn’t you add them to your diet or increase their consumption?  

So, Mangia! Or Provecho! But always contact The Bethencourt Group with questions about your diet and how to lower the risk of heart attack or stroke.

As always, if you have any further questions, please call (657) 241-9440 today!