Hot Peppers

Hot Peppers

The many varieties of hot peppers all contain the substance capsaicin, which is what creates the burning sensation experienced when eating them. The seeds contain the highest concentrations, but capsaicin is also present in the rest of the pepper. The seeds can be removed to reduce the heat, but since capsaicin gives peppers most of their healing properties, this will also reduce the health benefits. Some of the more common types of hot peppers are chili, jalape?o, cayenne, and habanero.

Hot peppers can worsen symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, and can temporarily aggravate hemorrhoids and existing joint pain.

Serving size: 1 chili pepper, 45 g
Region: Throughout the world

Health Benefits

Joints The capsaicin in hot peppers relieves arthritis.
Prostate The capsaicin in hot peppers has been shown to cause prostate cancer cells to destroy themselves.
Sinuses The capsaicin in hot peppers is very effective against chronic sinus infections (sinusitis), congested nasal passages, sinus-related allergy symptoms.
Skin The capsaicin in hot peppers counteracts inflammation and premature aging of the skin.
Weight Loss The capsaicin in hot peppers increase metabolic activity, and helps the body to burn calories and fat.


Vitamin B6 0.2 mg 11% This refers to red chili peppers. Green chili peppers have about half the amount of vitamin B6.
Vitamin C 109 mg 182% This refers to green chili peppers. Red chili peppers have about 64 mg of vitamin C.