The aroma in peppers is based on an active ingredient called capsaicin, which has been shown to stimulate the male libido by releasing endorphins and increasing hormones like dopamine.
A 2013 study found statistically significant evidence that pepper exposure was linked to elevated testosterone levels in males (but not females). The researchers speculated that if this result is supported by future studies, it might one day lead doctors to prescribe spicy foods for conditions like low testosterone levels.
According to a new study, spicy foods may have more of an effect on your libido than your taste.
The 15-year study from Harvard Medical School followed more than 25,000 men and 40,000 women over time with questionnaires about their eating habits. They found that the consumption of hot chili peppers is significantly linked to a higher rate of sexual activity.
This finding can’t be explained by frequency intake or gender differences in psychological traits because no association was found with either factor when both men and women were considered. This means that it’s likely something in the food which causes this boost is related to a person’s sense of smell — the neural mechanism connecting smell with sex organs remains poorly understood.
In addition to this, peppers promote better circulation and increase physical energy through the phenylethylamine (PEA) boost. The enhanced blood flow will work to improve function in most of your bodily systems, including libido. Adding bell peppers to your diet is a great way to give yourself that added push with natural support.
Many people find that they experience increased testosterone levels when consuming peppers. One possible reason for this is due to the capsaicin (a mechanism in peppers) boosting the body’s metabolism, which in turn increases levels of sex hormones.
This can also help with weight loss. Another possibility is that it may be linked to the folates found in peppers, which help create healthy DNA and therefore healthy cells — including cells responsible for producing testosterone. This would result in increased production of natural testosterone.
Peppers boost testosterone levels in the blood when eaten regularly. They contain capsaicin, an important compound that has been shown to help with chronic pain, inflammation, and weight loss.
The best peppers for boosting testosterone are mild peppers such as bell peppers or jalapenos. Hot chilies, such as Habaneros and Serranos will probably not provide much of a boost to your hormone levels because they produce their own natural chemicals which counteract the capsaicin effect and may even lower it.
What are peppers?
Peppers are botanical fruits, bearing coriaceous fruit of the genus
Capsicum. Pepper is the general term for any of the fruits in the nightshade family.
The Solanaceae, also known as the nightshades, is a very large and populous family (over 2200 species). They’re mostly herbaceous plants that range from herbs to thorny shrubs. Where this group gets its name from is that many of the antinutrients they produce give them a bitter flavor and make their flesh inedible.
Many nightshades are cultivated for ornamental purposes (e.g., potato and petunia), while some others are used for medicinal purposes (henbane).
Nightshade plants have long been used by traditional cultures throughout the world for medicinal treatments for countless illnesses, though they are often considered to be poisonous in Europe. They are so numerous that there is no stopping list of all their therapeutic uses other than to say they can be used externally or internally to cure pretty much anything you could think of.
The term “pepper” is also used separately for two main groups of spices, black pepper (the seeds of which are often called peppercorns) and white pepper. Chilies are bell-shaped fruits that come in various degrees of hotness, with hot varieties being fried or dried before consumption if not peeled first to avoid spiciness.
Chili peppers can be yellow or green when fully mature while red ones are ripe but not yet fully grown so they will become hotter when mature. Habanero chilies can be superficially mistaken for other milder chilies mainly because they shrink less than most other types on losing moisture.
Health benefits of peppers:
The fantastic thing about peppers is that they provide such a diverse range of health benefits. For starters, red peppers possess anthocyanins which exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and may help protect against calcium kidney stones.
Capsaicin can also be valuable when you’re suffering from sinusitis, and the vitamin C in peppers encourages healthy immune system functioning and aids in the absorption of iron (which makes peppers your perfect food if you suffer from anemia or want to stay well-nourished.
The high fiber content of peppers helps keep you feeling full for longer periods of time, therefore reducing overeating; and finally, eating peppers will make you feel satisfied faster because capsaicin enhances satiety.
Furthermore, peppers are loaded with antifungals, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. They are rich in vitamin C which boosts the immune system and decreases inflammation. Capsaicin in peppers targets pain-triggering nerve cells to reduce sensitivity.
Peppers helps to loosen phlegm for improved breathing by decreasing its concentration in the lungs due to their antimicrobial properties. This also makes peppers act as an expectorant (makes you cough).
Pepper has been used for centuries to relieve stomach discomfort like heartburn or indigestion by releasing gas bubbles that distend the intestine — especially after a meal high in fats or protein which cannot be easily digested.
Piperine, the alkaloid which gives peppers their heat, has been found to have potent anti-cancer properties. This is because piperine is converted by intestinal liver enzymes into a substance known as “piperidine” that slows down the activity of COX-2 enzymes in cancer cells. The COX-2 enzyme is implicated in tumor formation and growth.
Furthermore, this means that there are no serious side effects associated with pepper consumption since they’re usually consumed raw or cooked at low temperatures to avoid converting piperine into piperidine.
Therefore, substituting sources of high animal fats with vegetables like peppers may help reduce the risk of colon cancer.
Although peppers are healthy, for some people, ingesting too many spicy peppers may make them experience heartburn, stomach pain, or even intestinal ulcers.
Peppers can also give you diarrhea if you eat too much of them due to the lasting irritant effect on your gastrointestinal tract. Finally, avoid coarse or hot mustard with pepper since it’s really hard for your digestive system to break down these ingredients together without adverse reactions taking place in your body.