Some people, like my husband, avoid spicy foods like the plague while other people, like me, can’t get enough of it.
In fact, when I’m cooking dinner for both of us, I tend to make two separate dishes — one that I consider far too bland and one that he thinks would cause flames to shoot out of his mouth.
But if you’re in the first camp of spicy food haters, there’s now a good reason why you might want to spice up your life and get on the chili pepper train…
The capsaicin secret
Chili peppers, which are packed with a compound known as capsaicin, are commonly used in Italian kitchens in everything from pasta sauces and soups to fish and egg dishes.
And now, thanks to a research study involving three separate Italian Universities and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology we know that using it in your own kitchen could be the best thing you could do for your heart.
The study followed 22,811 citizens of the Italian region of Molise who participated in the famed Moli-sani study. This was an intensive research effort as the team actually followed the participants’ health and eating habits for an average of eight years!
And the researchers found that people, who regularly ate chili peppers four times a week or more, reduced their risk of death from all causes by 23 percent compared to people who skipped the spice.
Yup, 23 percent lower risk of dying from anything at all just by eating chili peppers!
If that’s not enough, it gets even better…
Those chili pepper lovers also cut their risk of dying from a heart attack by a whopping 40 percent and their risk of death due to stroke, aneurysm, or transient ischemic attack (TIA) by more than 50 percent!
And guess what? The chili benefits came through, no matter what else they ate on a regular basis…
“An interesting fact,” said Marialaura Bonaccio, Neuromed epidemiologist and first author of the publication, “is that protection from mortality risk was independent of the type of diet people followed. In other words, someone can follow the healthy Mediterranean diet, someone else can eat less healthily, but for all of them chili pepper has a protective effect.”
In other words, even if you give into the foods the health fanatics warn off more often than you should, it looks like you could still benefit from the protective powers of capsaicin.
Capsaicin without the spice
Clearly, capsaicin could be one of Mother Nature’s greatest gifts to our heart health.
But what if you just can’t stand the spice in your food, like my husband?
Well, there is good news…
Instead of adding chili peppers to your evening meal, four times plus each week, you can easily pick up a capsaicin supplement at your local health food store or online.
Yup, you get the spice without the burn.
And the little chili pepper miracle isn’t the only natural supplement that can do amazing things for your heart and blood vessels to help keep your ticker ticking.
In fact, there are six 100 percent natural supplements that I recommend everyone who cares and worries about their heart health take daily to help avoid complications down the road, including:
EDTA — This little-known amino acid is so safe that the Food and Drug Administration has approved its use in baby food. Yet, it works powerfully to scrub your arteries, veins and capillaries to help your body naturally eliminate the plaques that compromise your blood flow and force your heart to work harder.
Resveratrol — One of nature’s most potent antioxidants, resveratrol is most famous for its part in the French Paradox — the low incidence of heart disease in the wine loving (and therefore resveratrol-consuming) French people. It helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels, promotes healthy cell activity and “turns off” the genes in your body that promote dangerous inflammation.
Garlic — A triple-action supplement, garlic helps boost blood flow through your arteries, balance your LDL (or bad) cholesterol levels, and support normal blood pressure.
Vitamin B6 + B12 — Together these two B vitamins help balance homocysteine levels (which are linked to heart disease risk) to support your arterial health, as well as enhance blood flow and keep blood vessels soft and supple.
Folate — The ultimate homocysteine fighter, folate helps maintain healthy blood flow by aiding normal blood clotting.
Put the benefits of the capsaicin, along with the six supplements above, to work for you starting today to enhance protection for your heart and your life.