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Benefits of Spicy Foods Beyond a Tasty Meal

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People that love spicy foods often eat it because they like the taste. They enjoy the heat and the kick that comes from consuming habaneros, cayenne pepper, jalapenos, turmeric, and curry paste. What researchers are coming to find is that there are health benefits to eating spicy foods. In fact, here are seven different benefits.

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Improve Your Lifespan

A Chinese research study found that eating spicy foods can help to aid in your longevity. This particular study was done on 500,000 adults and found that indulging in spicy foods results in a reduced risk of death at about 14 percent.

Improve your Mood

Spicy food has been found to release endorphins into your body, like serotonin, that can help to put you in a better mood feeling relaxed and happy.

Weight Loss

Spicy foods will also help with weight loss in a number of ways. One is that it can boost your metabolism, but research has also found that it can help to curb your hunger pains and the cravings you can have for salty and sweet treats.

Aids in Stomach Issues

All jokes aside about eating spicy foods and stomach aches, the spiciness of the food can actually help with stomach issues as it can be good for the lining of your stomach. It can prevent ulcers from forming in your stomach and reducing your gastric acid.

Clear Your Sinuses

Spicy foods can stimulate your mucous membranes will allow for your sinuses to drain better.

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Heart Disease

Many studies have shown that people that enjoy spicy foods on a regular basis are less likely to have a heart attack or heart-related illness compared to people that eat a blander diet. Spicy foods can help to lower the bad cholesterol and increase the good cholesterol.

Cancer

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 20: Various hot sauce brands are photographed in New York, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post) *** Local Caption ***

Capsaicin, what makes hot peppers hot, has been found in some research to impact cancer cells in the same method as some of the cancer-fighting medications used today. Curcumin, a spice used in curry, has also been found in the lab to slow the growth of cancer cells.

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 20: Various hot sauce brands are photographed in New York, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (Photo by Damon Dahlen, Huffington Post) *** Local Caption ***

Add some heat to your diet to get all of these wonderful health benefits.

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