Spicy Peppers

I love spicy food – but sometimes I venture to bite into a chilli pepper that is just too hot for me – and then all hell breaks loose. I guess, I never learn.

However, according to latest reports, it’s smart to eat hot peppers!

Capsaicin, the alkaloid responsible for the spicy flavor in hot peppers, may offer benefits in the treatment of some diseases, according to an article published in 2011 in the journal “Molecules.” Peppers that contain capsaicin include jalapenos, habaneros, cayenne, serrano, cherry peppers and even bell peppers. Eating peppers in the capsaicin family can benefit you because they play a role in digestive health, cardiovascular health and in long-term cancer prevention.~ Livestrong.com

Capsaicin reportedly:

1. Can increase metabolism and so help with weight loss. Of course, it’s no substitute for exercise and a healthy diet.

2. Might have an effect on the growth of cancer cells

3. Might help with heartburn and stomach ailmentsΒ by reducing levels of certain bacteria or by simulating protective stomach juices.

4. Reduces pain of osteoarthritis and psoriasis.

Too Hot To Handle?

But this is really not about chilli peppers. It’s about me taking on more than I can manage! Β This month I decided that I liked writing and blogging so much that I’d venture to undertake the NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo together. They were just too hot to handle. All hell broke loose – in my head, at least. I just couldn’t keep up. What’s more, I’m seriously behind in answering your lovely comments. (What else is new?)

So I decided to opt out and I feel so much better for it. I’m back to blogging and writing for the joy of it – no pressure.

Thanks for being such wonderfully supportive readers!