More than 10 health benefits of green chillies

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Green chilly does more than adds hot and spicy taste to food. It is good for health.

There's no doubt that a perfect balance of spice and taste is essential in achieving ultimate deliciousness in food. The balance of flavour is an art of seasoning. And, green chilly does more than adds hot and spicy taste to food. It has many health benefits as well.

Green chillies come in varieties - short and long, mild to intensely hot. They are zero in calories and cholesterol. They are loaded with many vitamins and minerals. Containing an impressive list of plant derived chemical compounds that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties, green chillies should be added to your daily food.

Know all about the health benefits that green chillies provide besides enhancing taste and flavour of food.

Improves immunity: Green chillies are rich in vitamin C. Regular consumption of vitamin C helps develop resistance against infections, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body and harmful diseases by boosting immunity.

Improves digestion: When green chillies are chewed, saliva is automatically released in good amount. It helps in food digestion.

Iron booster: Green chillies tend to be a great source of vitamin C, a vitamin that can assist your body in absorbing iron from a vegetarian diet and hence plays a key role in your body's ability to metabolise iron. Also, they improve haemoglobin levels being a natural source of iron and help fight anaemia.

Reduces blood sugar: Eating green chillies benefits people suffering from diabetes by reducing their increased sugar levels and further creating a balance in their bodies.

Anti-bacterial properties: The anti-bacterial properties of green chillies help protect the body from injurious effects of free radicals generated during stress and various diseases.

Benefits your skin: The vitamin C content in green chillies is a potent water soluble antioxidant that is essential for collagen synthesis. Collagen is one of the main structural protein required for maintaining healthy and glowing skin.

Good for the hair: Due to the presence of natural silicon that improves blood circulation to the scalp and hair follicles, green chillies act as a natural hair growth stimulator and shield follicles from harmful effects of di- hydro testosterone.

Aids weight-loss: Green chillies help burn excess fats of the body by increasing metabolism and having zero calories.

Improves vision: Being rich in vitamin A, green chillies help in improving vision among people of all ages.

Good for heart disorders: Green chillies are enriched with minerals, including potassium, manganese, iron and magnesium. These are important components that help control heart rate and blood pressure.

Bone care: Green chillies are rich in calcium and vitamin K that help decrease your risk of osteoporosis and over bleeding when you're injured. They also contain vitamin A that is helpful in maintaining healthy bones, teeth, mucous and membranes.

Prevents constipation: To help resolve and prevent constipation, choose green chillies that contain plenty of dietary fibre.

Stabilise mood: Green chillies contain capsaicin that aids the release of endorphins (feel good hormone) into the brain. Hence they are known as mood stabilisers.

Green chillies are a must for a hearty meal. Remember to consume in moderation to maximise the fitness doles. Excess of it can cause inflammation and sometimes even stomach cancer.

10 health benefits of coconut water

  • Coconut water is a health fad that has lasted pretty long, with many touting it's supposed health benefits. But is it really that good for you?
  • Unlike plain water, coconut water is not entirely calorie-free, but at 42 calories per serving (240 grams) it's still a pretty low-calorie drink.
  • This makes it an awesome replacement for any one of your regular, sugar-sweetened drinks and when used like this, coconut water can help you reach your weight loss goals.
  • Coconut water contains a variety of trace elements such as zinc, selenium, iodine, sulfur, manganese, boron, molybdenum that act as antioxidants in the body.
  • Antioxidants protect the body from damage by toxins, keeping you young and vibrant. It's also high in vitamin C, which helps to boost the immune system, heal wounds and protect the skin from damage.
  • For those with acne or other blemishes on the surface of the skin, topical application of coconut water can go a great distance as it has the ability to clear up and subsequently tone the skin.
  • It also moisturizes the skin from within if ingested orally and eliminates large amounts of excessive oil.
  • Coconut water improves digestion, and may normalise bowel movements due to its high fibre content.
  • This high concentration of fibre aids in the prevention of indigestion and reduces the occurrence of acid reflux helping you answer nature's call and provide relief at times when digestive issues are bringing you down.
  • Need to keep the midnight oil burning but just too tired? Gulp down some coconut water.
  • It will quickly improve energy reserves by flooding the body with easy-to-access nutrients including glucose. Coconut water also increases oxygen in the body tissues, therefore improving your body's performance.
  • Coconut water benefits those suffering from stress and may reduce panic attacks and anxiety.
  • That's because it contains GABA, a neurotransmitter that has a relaxing, anti-anxiety, and anti-convulsive effect on the body.
  • Coconut water helps regulate fluid levels in the body and may prevent edema and the occurrence of water weight.
  • In its natural form, it is a thirst quenching and nutrient-dense beverage. It is highly concentrated with five electrolytes that are known to support rapid hydration: sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
  • Coconut water has a unique chemical composition of sugars, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and cytokines - which have shown anti-aging and anti-cancer effects in research studies. But further research in this area is needed before it can be touted as a medical miracle.
  • Coconut water contains a lot of antioxidants, which help prevent the damage to our bodies caused by free radicals. Free radicals are produced by your own metabolism, so there's no other way to neutralise the damage, except making sure you consume enough antioxidants in your diet.
  • Coconut water contains natural anti-microbial peptides that can be effective in fighting bacteria such as E.coli, B. subtilis, S. aureus and P. aeruginosa. E. coli is a multi-drug-resistant bacterium and universal inhabitant of human digestive tract. S. aureus and B. subtilis cause food spoilage and poisoning. P. aeruginosa is a potential human pathogen found inhabiting milk products, vegetables and meat.