01-06-2018 – What’s the story behind the hot pepper? Well, for one thing, they are nice and quite pleasing to the eye and of course, they are colorful if red is your color and they are full of capsaicin, the stuff that makes them super hot. The best part? They came right out of my very own backyard. Did you know hot pepper is not just tasty and tingly hot, that it’s actually good for you? I know for a fact that most islanders like it hot, so yeah these habaneros, as well as those red chili pepper are the hottest thing I’ve ever laid my tongue on. So yeah if you know of a friend or stranger for that matter that had been diagnosed with prostate cancer, help them get on a red-hot diet regimen. In an article in the National Institute of Health’s website, “Capsaicin, the pungent ingredient of red hot chili peppers, has been shown to have anti-cancer activities in several cancer cells, including prostate cancer.” See above link for some interesting reading.
The extract (capsaicin) is also known to relieve a certain type of nerve pain when applied topically. Capsaicin is also used to help relieve minor pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis or muscle sprains and strains according to article on the mayo clinic website. There are still many others who claim that hot pepper has the properties to ward off the common cold, helps fight obesity, lowers cholesterol, lowers blood pressure, among other claims but I will not get into that as I haven’t come across any scientific proof yet.
So for the red-hot stuff club, continue to do what you know best and enjoy all your teary meals.