People with high blood pressure can use chili peppers as an alternative drug for the treatment of hypertension. Chinese doctors of the third Military University in Čongkingu have conducted a study that confirms the assumption that hot peppers reduce high blood pressure.
The actin component of chili peppers,capsaicin,not only creates a feeling of fire in your mouth,it also relaxes blood vessels and lowers blood pressure,as shown by the research made on laboratory rats with hypertension.Scientists have proven that the long-term consumption of capsaicin,which is one of the most important ingredients of chili,effectively lowers blood pressure.
This positive effect is achieved thanks to the activation of a substance called transient receptor potential vanilloid 1(TRPV1)-channel,which is found in the blood vessels. Capsaicin acts the same as the drugs from the group of calcium channels blockers, also known as calcium channel blockers (amlodipine, verapamil, diltiazem, nifedipine).
Its action leads to relaxation of blood vessels,as well as their protection against inflammation and dysfunction.However,it is not known how much capsaicin,contained in chili peppers,should be consumed daily to preserve health.
For those who can not tolerate spicy food there is hope : the doctors say that the pepper,which has a milder taste then chili,contains the compound kapsinoid,which acts similarly as capsaicin.