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After all, does pepper harm?

Many times, people mistakenly say that pepper is bad for the stomach, but several studies have shown the opposite.

In one study, with the help of an endoscope, American doctors examined twelve volunteers after they had ingested pepper with their meal, and found nothing wrong. Still in the same study, pure pepper extract was sprayed directly on the volunteers' stomach walls, and once again, there was no sign of irritation.

Contrary to what they say, pepper is good for our health!

And it is precisely the substance that gives pepper its spicy character that has most of the beneficial properties for our health.

What are the benefits of pepper?

The active ingredient in pepper is capsaicin. This substance has various functions that favor our body, such as:

  • It is a natural analgesic: capsaicin promotes the release of endorphins, a neurotransmitter that has the ability to reduce or even inhibit electrical signals of pain. In addition, endorphins generate feelings of well-being and euphoria, being favorable in periods of higher stress and tension.

  • Prevents premature aging and degenerative diseases: pepper contains good amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. These vitamins combat free radicals, preventing premature cellular aging, that is, the vitamins "protect" healthy cells. Therefore, they prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and even cancer.

  • Aids in promoting weight loss: Pepper is a natural thermogenic, so by speeding up metabolism, it promotes fat burning and consequently, weight loss.

  • Prevents blood clot formation: Pepper is one of those foods that "thin the blood," being very favorable to those people who have a greater tendency to produce blood clots.


Like other foods, when consumed in excess, pepper can cause problems. Excess consumption can cause irritation to the stomach lining and other stomach problems. Mouth sores and heartburn can also occur. For people with gastritis and/or ulcers, consumption should be greatly reduced or even suspended, according to the recommendation of a doctor or nutritionist.

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