Spices and condiments can definitely add a lot of flavor to your dish, but some spices can do a lot more than simply make a dish taste more exciting. An excellent example are chili peppers, which are used in cooking and medicine alike. Apparently, these hot vegetables can do wonders for pain relief, longevity, and even weight loss.
1. Pain Relief
One of the phytochemicals contained in hot peppers, capsaicin, has a unique property of binding to pain receptors in the brain, causing you to feel a burning sensation, but without any adverse effects on the body.Since our brain can process only so many kinds of pain at the same time, it is possible to dull the pain you’re experiencing by eating spicy foods or using medical aids that contain capsaicin. By doing so, you will trick your brain into being less sensitive to pain. Topical patches and creams containing capsaicin, for example, were shown to decrease pain linked to arthritis, joint, and muscle pain, as well as nerve damage linked to diabetes.