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Alternative uses for Chili Powder

Chili powder has been used for millennia in  different parts of the world. Most commonly, it has been used to enhance the flavor of food. In most cuisines of the world it is still being used, in more or less concentration. In India, Africa, Mexico and Italy at least some dishes are cooked with chili. But there is more to chili than just a spice, making food more palatable. There are some really interesting benefits and uses of chili powder.

To start with, chili powder is usually a mix of spices. Chilies, ground cumin, oregano and garlic are commonly mixed together to make chili powder. Make sure the spice has not expired when buying it, otherwise it will not taste of anything. It should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. It is not too difficult making your own chili powder, in this way you get a fresh mixture with the exact strength you like. Some people like to use only the ground chili, without adding the other spices.

Fresh chilies are rich in calcium and vitamin C. If you want to take it to boost your immune system, either buy capsules with chili powder or make them yourself. You can buy gelatin capsules and fill them with chili powder, or use medicine wrappers. Chili powder is also good for lowering your cholesterol level, especially the LDL levels.

Capsicum, or chillies, is a well-known remedy for cold hands and feet. It has also been used to treat osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis. For these illnesses, a topical cream with a chili base is rubbed into the affected areas.

Many people suffer from ulcers or other gastric problems. Although chili powder is strong, it can actually help deal with these pains. This is because ulcer is caused by a bacteria, Helicobacter pylori, and chilies help kill this bacteria. Not only this, but it also stimulates the cells lining the stomach causing the stomach to secrete protective buffering juices that prevent ulcer formation.Usually it is best to increase the amount of chili powder you eat gradually, so the body and stomach get used to it.

Chili powder will make the blood in your body circulate better (this is why it helps against cold hands and feet), and it also purifies the blood, a natural detox. When the blood flows more freely, oxygen is transported to the different body parts in greater measure. Blood clots and heart attacks are also less likely with a properly functioning blood circulation.

As seen here, chili powder is a versatile spice and natural remedy. Taking it on a regular basis will make you feel better, increase your circulation and metabolism. And of course, food does taste good with a pinch of chili in it!

Source:
1. Chili powder
2. Chili Powder Recipes – Allrecipes.com

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