CHILI THE OLDEST MEDICINE

Chili is not just a spicy food but an excellent medicine too

Chili versus chocolate


I am excited to write about chili in this blog. Chili is my ultimate favorite herb and I am very obsessed with it. Like how chocolate causes the release of serotonin and dopamine for the feel-good mood, so does the chili for some people. Eating chili has a similar happy brain effect like chocolate. It makes people happy.


Many people look at chilies only as a food, but chili is an herb too, with a wonderful medicinal value. Chili is used in a variety of dishes in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Thailand and Africa. Chilies can appear in many colors such as red, yellow and green. The fiery heat or spiciness of chili is measure in Scoville heat unit (SHU). Red chili can have a SHU around 30,000 to 50,000 while the Carolina reaper, the deadliest chili pepper can measure up to 2,200,000.


Can you imagine this? I once tried a very tiny portion of Carolina reaper and it knocked me to my knees. It caused my stomach to cramp and I was unable to move for few minutes. So be careful if you ever want to try the deadliest Carolina reaper. Anyway, the red chili is something I can tolerate in a much bigger quantity and sometimes without any limitation, that’s how I am crazy for chilies.

Archaeologist found chili dating 2500 BC


Scientists belief, chilies were eaten by people since 6000 years ago. They assume that chilies must have been growing in the wild before human started to cultivate this plant. In South America, chilies were recovered at the archaeological site of Huaca Prieta and have been dated at 2500 BC.


The archaeological research in Tehuacán Valley in Mexico, revealed that chilies were cultivated during the Coxcatlan era, around 4000 BC (Johnson, ed.: 150). With this discoveries, chilies have taken place among one of the oldest spices in the world.


Once upon a time, chili was a weapon


According to historians, South American warriors would burn chili peppers to induce a smoke to ward off the invading Spanish colonists. In Vietnam, the Buddhist monks also have used chili powder in spraying guns to ward off their enemies. Not bad, an interesting way to ward off enemies!

Let chili fight your arthritis


Chili contains a compound called capsaicin which gives the hot taste. The more capsaicin a chili contain, the hotter the chili is. Capsaicin is the chemical compound that is benefi