Chili is Good for Heart, Say Researchers

Chili is Good for Heart, Say Researchers

A recent study has found that chili and spices are actually good for the health of the heart. For the study, the researchers of Chinese University, located in Hong Kong, laid special attention to capsaicinoids. It is for the very first time when a team of researchers have said that chili is good for the health of the heart.

During the study, the researchers observed as to how capsaicin and other similar chemicals affect blood vessels of hamsters. For the study, the researchers increased the level of calories in the food of the hamsters and also spiced it up with different variants of capsaicinoids.

It was found that hamsters fed with capsaicinoids had lower level of cholesterol in their blood. Particularly, the capsaicinoids reduced bad cholesterol from the blood of the hamsters. During a meeting of American Chemical Society in San Diego, the findings of the study were presented.

The researchers noted that the study has helped them in understanding as to how spicy food affects the health of the heart. The author of the study, Zhen-Yu Chen, said: “But we certainly do not recommend that people start consuming chilies to an excess. They may be a nice supplement, however, for people who find the hot flavor pleasant”.

Further studies to gauge the impact of chili on the heart have been recommended. However, it has been informed that a previous study conducted in 2011 revealed that spicy food improves metabolism. In previous study, it was found that garlic powder, turmeric, cinnamon, oregano, rosemary and paprika helps in reducing insulin and triglyceride levels.

People have been urged not to blindly follow the findings unless and until further proofs are found to support the assertion of the researchers.


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