Health Benefits Of Eating Spicy Food, And Side Effects

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Spicy food is one of the things that improve the flavor, and taste of food, that has been used in Chinese cuisine for thousands of years (1).

Hot peppers trigger our brain into thinking our mouth is on fire, but actually, there is no fire or heat in a pepper.

A chemical compound called capsaicin, which is normally found in chili pepper, capsaicin binds to pain receptors on our nerves called TRPV1.

When chili trigger TRPV1, it sends the signal to the brain, to react as fire in the mouth.

In this response our body tries to cool itself off with include – face turning red, eyes tearing up, nose running, and sweating.

If you love eating spicy food, then this post has some good news for your health, which include:

Health benefits of eating spicy foods

There are many health benefits of eating spicy foods are include:

May promote heart health

A 2021 Study has shown that eating spicy foods is associated with reducing the risk of heart diseases related mortality.

Spicy food may also be able to improve your health by preventing the risk of developing heart disease.

A 2017 study suggests that certain types of spicy foods such as chili pepper significantly reduced the risk factors allied with cardiovascular disease.

Researchers including Michael Miller, suggest that certain types of spicy like red pepper, and turmeric can help improve our body circulation.

By dilating your blood vessels, and reducing blood pressure.

Antioxidant and antiplatelet agents found in capsaicin can regulate energy metabolism, which may contribute to the cardiovascular system (5) (6) (7) (8) (9) (10) (11).

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Help in Reducing Overweight

A study investigators found that red pepper may reduce the risk of overweight and obesity by reducing appetite in Asian and white people (12) (13).

Some studies have shown that spicy food consumption inhibits obesity by regulating energy metabolism.

In a study, where participants were given spicy food to consume (which never had spicy food) result, they were positively allied with an increased risk of abdominal obesity.

Another population study has shown that spicy food intake prevents obesity by regulating energy metabolism.

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Fight against inflammation

Turmeric can also help in the management of exercise-induced inflammation and muscle soreness, thus enhancing recovery, and performance (15).

Curcumin has been traditionally used in medicine for thousands of years, due to its anti-inflammatory, and antioxidants effects (16) (17) (18).

Reduce the risk of premature death

A study suggests that consuming spicy food is highly consistent with inverse total mortality in both men and women after adjusting for potential risk.

Researchers found (after adjusting lifestyle) that those who consumed daily spicy food had a 14% lower risk of premature death than those who consumed it less than once per week.

A study where participants consumed spicy food 6 to 7 days a week, resultin a 14% of reduction in total mortality, compared to those who eat less spicy foods.

Help in various cancer

An ecological study showed that people with higher consumption of spices have a lower incidence of cancer.

Many studies have shown that capsaicin has an anti-obesity, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and antihypertensive effect.

Several studies have suggested that capsaicin had protective effects on stomach or gallbladder cancer, but this effect was not observed consistently.

A UCLA study conducted on mice showed that capsaicin stops the growth of prostate cancer cells, without harming healthy cells.

Release feel-good hormone

Many people love to consume spicy foods but why? because in response to the pain, your brain releases endorphins and dopamine.

  • Endorphins are a feel-good chemical hormone because they act as a pain reliever and boost happiness.
  • Dopamine is a type of hormone made in the brain, responsible for happiness, pleasure, and reward feelings.

These combined chemicals create euphoria similar to a runner’s high.

Side Effects of eating spicy food

Several studies have shown that eating spicy foods increased the risk of abdominal obesity and fat energy intake.

However, eating plenty amount of spicy food is good for health, but eating too much leads to several health issues.

According to Healthline, eating too many spicy foods leads to abdominal pain, vomiting, burning diarrhea, and nausea.

A research study showed that consuming too much capsaicin may irritate and lead to feeling discomfort in the lining of the stomach.

Eating spicy foods can also able to kill sleep effect because they cause heartburn, WebMD says.

Heartburn is mostly seen in people with acid reflux, which is also caused by eating too many spicy foods.

Spicy foods also affect your throat, according to Mayo Clinic, too much spicy food can also irritate your throat, lead to swelling, a horse, muffled voice.

After swallowing the capsaicin binds to more receptors on its way down. In severe cases, it may lead to:

  • Develop blisters in the throat
  • vomit
  • go into anaphylactic shock

Basically, your response to spicy foods depends on your tolerance, so if you much cry person after eating little spicy food or sauce.

So build up a tolerance over time with practice.


If you do not have a thus much power to tolerate spicy food, so please avoid eating it frequently, because it may lead to severe health issues.

Several studies showed that spicy food may also improve your health by preventing the risk of developing heart disease.

Eating too many spicy foods can also lead to abdominal pain, vomiting, burning diarrhea, and nausea.


Hello, I'm Sahil bisht, I am a Mechanical engineer, As well as, aspiring blogger with an obsession for health. This blog delicate to people who want to learn in health.

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