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Enjoy Spicy Food? The Benefits of Capsaicin in Chili Peppers to Lower Blood Pressure

Good news for spicy food lovers! According to a new study, an ingredient in chili peppers called capsaicin could help to lower blood pressure – naturally. Capsaicin is the red hot ingredient that gives chili peppers its fire – and motivates Mexican food lovers to seek out another bowl of hot salsa. Capsaicin in Chili Peppers to Reduce Blood Pressure In this study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, researchers found that capsaicin in chili peppers lowers blood pressure in rats by causing their blood vessels to relax. It does this by activating special channels called TRPV1 channels. When these channels are activated, cells lining the arteries called endothelial cells release more nitric oxide. Nitric oxide helps to open up blood vessels – so the blood can flow more easily through … Read entire article »

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