Those diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) are often told to cut down on their salt intake.
Women in the Chinese adult population who reported eating spicy food "usually" had 26% reduced risks of hypertension.
Sweating from eating spicy food is really beneficial to your cardiovascular system.
The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease and stroke was shown to be lower among those who ate spicy food on a daily basis.
"Although more conclusive studies are needed," says Alice Figueroa, M.P.H., RDN, CDN, founder of Alice in Foodieland,.
"Eating spicy chiles rich in capsaicin is linked to increased levels of HDL cholesterol, which is protective against heart disease,"
The intense zing and snap of spicy food may also make you feel less hungry.
According to Figueroa, "feeling both full and satiated is key to nurturing a balanced relationship with food."
Over the course of the 10-year follow-up period, individuals who consumed spicy food more than once per week had a 13% decreased chance of dying.
Capsaicin may have an effect on obesity, lowering the risk of obesity-related disorders including type 2 diabetes.
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