Spices are for more than just making bland foods more palatable—they have a variety of health benefits, according to experts. If you’re the type that can’t handle “hot” cuisine then don’t worry, you don’t need to go overboard. A little bit of spice can have beneficial properties without having you gasping for air.
From easing aches to potentially saving your life (as you’ll read about further along), herbs and spices are an often-ignored element of food that have instant health perks. Here are five ways that various ingredients can spice up your food as well as your life…
1. Peppers Can Pulverize Pain
According to Men’s Fitness magazine, cayenne pepper is effective at dulling soreness because of a key substance in it called capsaicin. It’s so effective, according to the magazine, that some manufacturers are using it in over-the-counter pain creams.
Men’s Fitness also notes that cayenne peppers can improve your circulation, which benefits your heart health, and even fight certain cancers in men (i.e., prostate cancer). The magazine recommends eating jalapeno or cherry peppers if you can’t handle cayenne.