Ingredient: Organic Jalapeno Pepper
The heat from the pepper is great for clearing up congestion. They are also rich in Capsaicin, which is not only good for lowering cholesterol, but it also can aid in migraine relief, and it classifies jalapenos as a Thermogenic food.
Thermogenic foods have the ability to burn fat, so be sure to include some jalapenos in your diet if you wish to lose weight.
Just one cup of the sliced peppers supply 107 milligrams of vitamin C, which is enough to meet your daily recommended intake for the day. Vitamin C is best known as an antioxidant, which means it plays a crucial role in preventing cell damage caused by certain environmental toxins, plus reactive compounds called free radicals. But it's also important for your metabolism, supports healthy teeth, gums and bones, and even plays a role in brain function.
Adding jalapenos to your meals is also an easy and delicious way to add more vitamin A to your diet. Vitamin A plays an important role in your immune system, so getting enough of this nutrient helps your body effectively fight off germs and other pathogens. It's also involved in your visual system, is especially important for night vision, and facilitates new cell growth. A cup of sliced jalapeno boasts 970 international units of vitamin A — about one-third of the recommended daily intake for men and about 40 percent for women.
That fire you feel when you bite into a jalapeno? That's responsible for some of the pepper's health benefits. That heat comes from a chemical called capsaicin, which has been linked to natural pain-relieving properties. Some preliminary studies show that capsaicin might also make food more filling. So loading up your meals with a low-cal spicy food like jalapenos may make it easier to meet your weight loss goals, even though more research is required to understand how well it works. There's also some very early research suggesting capsaicin might have some cancer-fighting properties, but scientists still aren't sure how effective it is.
Eating More Jalapenos
Even if you don't currently have much tolerance for spicy foods, the best way to build up your tolerance is simply to eat more of them — assuming you don't have a health condition, like acid reflux, that means you need to avoid spicy fare. Try adding pickled jalapenos to your salads, or remove the seeds and white pith and add chopped jalapeno to your wraps, soups, salads and casseroles. Add a slice or two of jalapeno to your morning smoothie. It's especially good paired with kale and green apple for a spicy and astringent smoothie, or with orange and mango for a sweeter one . Or juice it along with carrots and your favorite greens for a deliciously spicy vegetable juice.