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Habanero Pepper Health Benefits

Habanero pepper is one of the hottest varieties of chili peppers. The Scoville unit of measure is directly related to a chemical called capsaicin. The higher the number of Scoville units, the greater the concentration of capsaicin.


Native to Central America, South America and the Caribbean Islands, making them a favourite with aficionados of spicy dishes.


Habaneros boast more benefits than intense heat, however. They contain a high concentration of vitamins, minerals, dietary fiber and the compound capsaicin as mentioned before.


Diets rich in the nutrients provided by habanero peppers may help prevent the development of a number of potentially serious medical conditions.


Habanero peppers contain a significant amount of vitamin C, many more times than a serving of citrus fruit.


Vitamin C aids in wound healing and keeps your immune system strong and functioning normally.


This water-soluble vitamin is an antioxidant that rids your body of damaging free radicals, compounds that can cause heart disease and certain types of cancer.


Eating hot peppers supports a healthy digestive system because the compounds they contain work to soothe your stomach.


Habanero peppers also encourage proper digestion, which reduces instances of gas and constipation.


Organic peppers clear out congested mucus membranes in the nose and lungs and cause sweating which is one way your body eliminates toxins.


In some countries, chilis are used in salves due to their slight anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic effect.


Some researchers have proved in rats that capsicum products can block pain without causing temporary paralysis.


Habaneros thrive in hot weather. As with all peppers, the habanero does well in an area with good morning sun and in soil with a pH level around 5 to 6 (slightly acidic).


The habanero should be watered only when dry. Overly moist soil and roots will produce bitter-tasting peppers.


The habanero is a perennial flowering plant, meaning that with proper care and growing conditions, it can produce flowers (and thus fruit) for many years. Habanero bushes are good candidates for a container garden.

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