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  1. #1 Do Chilli Peppers have any Side Effects? 
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    Hello,

    I was wondering if Chilli Peppers have any Side Effects?
    I usually consume loads of Peppers and i have been noticing some brown dot like shapes on my face.

    I would be more than happy to have your suggestions.


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    Unlikely to be the chillie peppers. They are, in fact, generally a healthy additive to food. They are rich in vitamin C, and the hot element - the capsaicin - is actually a very good pain killer, believe it or not.

    It is possible you may be allergic, of course, but that would be a rarity. Most people can eat chillies without side effects apart from the burning sensation.


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    Thank you for your reply

    I actually have no food allergies at all, This might be due to other environmental issues and not chillis.
    I had heard that chillis are rich in Vitamin C and Iron.
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    Capsaicin is the primary ingredient in the pepper spray used as an irritant weapon.Capsaicin is a safe and effective topical analgesic agent in the management of arthritis pain, herpes zoster-related pain, diabetic neuropathy, postmastectomy pain, and headaches.[

    When consumed, capsaicinoids bind with pain receptors in the mouth and throat that are responsible for sensing heat. Once activated by the capsaicinoids, these receptors send a message to the brain that the person has consumed something hot. The brain responds to the burning sensation by raising the heart rate, increasing perspiration and release of endorphins. A 2008 study reports that capsaicin alters how the body's cells use energy produced by hydrolysis of ATP. In the normal hydrolysis the SERCA protein uses this energy to move calcium ions into the sarcoplasmic reticulum. When capsaicin is present, it alters the conformation of the SERCA, and thus reduces the ion movement; as a result the ATP energy (which would have been used to pump the ions) is instead released as heat

    The "heat" of chili peppers was historically measured in Scoville heat units (SHU), which is a measure of how much a chili extract must be diluted in sugar syrup before its heat becomes undetectable to a panel of tasters

    Psychologist Paul Rozin suggests that eating chilis is an example of a "constrained risk" like riding a roller coaster, in which extreme sensations like pain and fear can be enjoyed because individuals know that these sensations are not actually harmful. This method lets people experience extreme feelings without any risk of bodily harm.

    Eating chili is viewed as a warrior’s ritual in Japan because of its spicyness that gives individual fear and mental block. By forcing themselves to eat chili, warriors’ mental state gets stronger and may even feel invincible when stepping onto the battlefield. Eating chili has been a popular practice among the karate athletes who use it to strengthen their minds and determination.

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