Chilli is a fruit of the trees of the genus Capsicum of the Solanaceae family. Chili is considered as a spice or a vegetable which is popular in the world. Chili originated from the America. Today it is grown all over the world and is used as a spice, vegetable, and medicine.
Chili powder is the dried, pulverized fruit of one or more varieties of chili pepper. It is used as a spice (or spice blend) to add pungency and flavor to culinary dishes. Besides, it is used for many health benefits.
Keep your eyes healthy
One tablespoon of chili powder in vitamin A with 9 percent of the recommended need. Vitamin A is known for improving your eyesight and preventing night blindness and macular degeneration from developing as we age.
Assist in red blood cell formation
Copper and iron are essential for the new blood cell formation. A deficiency in iron can lead to anemia, fatigue, and muscular weakness.
Improve cognitive functioning
The amount of iron in chili powder leads to increased hemoglobin production and increases blood flow. Proper amounts of oxygen and iron in the brain lead to improved cognitive performance and a decrease in cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Maintain a healthy blood pressure
Chili powder is well known because of its high potassium content. One tablespoon of chili powder contains 144 milligrams of potassium, compared to just 75.8 milligrams of sodium. This helps the blood vessels relax and maintains proper blood pressure.
Support the digestive system
Chili powder possesses a considerable amount of fiber. Fiber stimulates peristaltic motion and increased secretion of gastric juices, which eases digestion, prevents conditions like constipation, and protects the body from more serious conditions like colorectal cancer.
Vitamin C is a potent natural water-soluble antioxidant that helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and eliminates cancer-causing free radicals in the body.
Good for the hair and skin.
Adequate vitamin C intake does not only improve the immune system but can also create and maintain collagen, an important protein found in hair and skin. Also, chili powder contains vitamin A to keep the hair moisturized through increased sebum production. Each tablespoon contains 44 percent of the daily recommended vitamin A.
Lastly, chili powder is an excellent source of vitamin E is in hair care. Owing to its antioxidant properties, vitamin E promotes the circulation of blood to the scalp.