The most colourful of spices, Red Chilli has been in use since pre-medieval times and has grown in use and popularity over the centuries. Although there is no accurate historical context of where it originated, many historians trace the origin of red chilli to the southern Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, which is home to a large variety of spices. Red chilli pepper is widely used as a culinary ingredient in many parts of the world; be it a Mexican cuisine or an Indian delicacy.
Health benefits of Red Chilli
There are numerous benefits of dried red chilli that has been passed down by generations. Most of them were overlooked and taken for granted till recently. But, thanks to the technological advancements and the high end researches happening in botany and other life sciences, more and more people are taking interest in unraveling the numerous health benefits associated with the red chilli.
Let us consider each health benefit in detail
- Weight loss: One of the major attributes of a red chilli diet is that they boost metabolism hence more fat is burned and the result is weight loss. Also, certain enzymes present in red chilli can act as stimulants that send a message to brain giving you a false sensation that your stomach is full. This results in lesser intake of food and hence, more weight loss! Chilli rich diet also result in a lower ratio of C-peptide/ insulin, an indication that the rate at which the liver is clearing insulin has increased. The Capsicin, antioxidants and carotenoids in the chilli can improve insulin generation. By adequately controlling glucose levels, it also has a pronounced role in regulating diabetes.
- Heart problems: Various studies have presented irrefutable evidence that hot chilies can reduce cardiovascular disease risk. Red chilli peppers, such as cayenne, have been shown to reduce blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, while increasing the body’s ability to dissolve fibrin, a substance integral to the formation of blood clots. It also regulates the formation of free radicals, which are known to damage the fat molecules in your blood. It has been proved that people who regularly consume a chilli rich diet has a much lower rate of heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism. Spicy food can also induce sound sleep which is another way to strengthen your heart muscles.
- Prevents Cancer: A recent study conducted by a renowned laboratory in the UK came out with some startling revelations. Capsicin found in red chilli, which is responsible for the burning sensation it gives, is known to kill lung and pancreatic cancer cells without causing any problem to the surrounding cells. The study have gone further to say that this explains why people in India and Mexico who are accustomed to a spicy diet observes relatively lower cases of cancer when compared to countries following a bland Western diet. Due possibly to the high level of anti-oxidants found in chillies, they have also been proven to help fight bowel cancer and prostate cancer.
- Lowers blood pressure and gives stress relief: Due to the anti-inflammatory properties of red chilli, it can lower the blood pressure. Again, by inducing sound sleep, it can be the much needed stress buster you were looking for. Chillies can be used as natural pain killers, and topical capsaicin is now a recognized treatment option for osteoarthritis pain.
Common misconceptions about Red Chilli
Although spicy food doesn’t agree with a lot of people, no one can ever forget the runny nose and huge craving for water that a red chilli diet leaves one with. There have been quite a lot of misconceptions about this pepper. One of the most prominent ones is that it can exacerbate ulcers and other stomach ailments. This has been scientifically refuted by studies conducted worldwide and contrary to the allegation, it has been shown that red chilli can strengthen the stomach lining and protect it from gastric damage.
Another false allegation is that it can increase your blood pressure. There are no known correlations between spicy food and blood pressure. However it has to be noted that spicy food beyond a limit is not recommended, as is the case with any other ingredient.
It has been said that red chilli can be addictive, but how many people do you know who crave for red chillies like they do for ice creams or dark chocolate?
Where to buy Red Chilli from?
You can buy Red Chillies from any genuine suppliers.
Alobha Exim, one of the best rated suppliers of red chilli in India, supplies the following varieties with stem or without stem of Dry Red Chilli (Red Chilli Pepper)
- Byadgi Chilli (Long, fully wrinkled, less seed, dark red colour. Pungency: 12000 SHU to 17000SHU)
- 334 Chilli (Medium sized, no wrinkles, dark red colour, Pungency: 18000 SHU to 22000 SHU)
- 273 Chilli (Semi wrinkle with less seeds, Pungency: 15000 SHU to 20000 SHU)
- Sannam S4 Chilli (Small size, more seeds, light red, Pungency: 18000 SHU to 22000 SHU)
- S17 Chilli (Small size, bright red, high pungent, Pungency: 75000 SHU to 100000 SHU)
- Teja Chilli (Small size, normal seed content, bright red, high pungent, Pungency: 75000 SHU to 110000 SHU)
- Bhut Jolokia or Ghost Chilli (high pungent, Pungency: more than 1000000 SHU )
Alobha Exim’s Red Chilli specifications:
Origin : Indian
Moisture : Less than 10%
Shelf life : 1 year
Packing : 25kgs gunny bags or as per Customer requirements
- Processed in hygienic environment
- Unadulterated and 100% pure
- Packed as per customer requirements
- Tested by SGS
- Best product quality
- Best pungency, aroma and colour
- On-time delivery
- Experienced team in Production and Quality to ensure that we meet Customer’s requirements
- Reasonable and competitive price
The next time you crave for spicy food, ask specifically for high quality Indian red chilli and feel the difference!