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4 Ways Chili Oil Can Seriously Upgrade All Your Summer Recipes

Ever heard of chili oil?

Maybe you love relying on a little of the spicy excitement to make your recipes sing or as a companion to the meals you serve.

This condiment and cooking ingredient sounds like some essential oil made from the juice of squeezing hot chilies. But in reality, it’s an infusion of dried chili pepper in oil that’s easy to make at home.

And while the concentrated punch of heat from your chili oil might just seem fun and frivolous, you’re gaining powerful health benefits every time you indulge.

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1. Spice up your life.

Maybe there really is something to putting a little more spice in your life. Enjoy more of those hot, spicy foods and you may live longer, says a study in The BMJ.

You know what’s spicy? Hot chili oil!

The 2015 study looked at people in different parts of China. The researchers found continually eating spicy foods cut down on amounts of total and certain cause-specific mortality, with the risk of death going down as the number of days of eating spicy food went up.

So, there you have it: Go nuts on your spicy chili oil because it could save your life.

2. Boost your nutrient intake.

The dried chili peppers found in chili oil come with a wealth of vitamins and minerals that can help the various organs and systems of your body function as they should. They can also improve your body’s immunity.

From the tiny flakes or powder, you gain a powerful boost from vitamins E, A, K, B2, B3 and B6. You also get a healthy dose of the minerals iron, copper, manganese and potassium.

Dried chili peppers even give you some digestive-system-regulating fiber.

You can add all of the healthy fats, vitamins and minerals you’ll obtain from the oil into whatever you’re cooking.

3. Beat pain and inflammation.

The hotter the chili pepper, the more benefits of capsaicin you’ll gain. Capsaicin is a healing substance that counteracts pain and inflammation, among other benefits.

A 2011 study in the British Journal of Anesthesia found that a patch with a high concentration of capsaicin was effective for providing pain relief in patients who had neuropathic pain. The study also noted many other studies have shown low concentrations of topical capsaicin effective.

Capsaicin is also associated with reducing inflammation, improving congestion and counteracting prostate cancer cells.

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4. Improve your heart health.

It’s easy to have a fire burning in your heart for the taste and sensations of chili peppers, but these delicacies also benefit the health of your heart. It’s the capsaicin and other capsaicinoids in chili peppers that can benefit your heart health.

An American Chemical Society report noted that these substances support cardiovascular health. They do so by reducing cholesterol levels and helping blood flow properly through your blood vessels when a gene is contracting arteries and cutting down on normal blood flow.

When you add chili oil to your diet, you gain all these health-enhancing benefits of chili peppers. And these are only some of the positive health effects of enjoying your favorite condiment.

Chili peppers are also associated with weight loss, preventing the start of stomach ulcers and reducing your chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Indulge all you want in the spicy goodness of this oil because it’s improving your body at the same time.

Article is contributed by Sharon Chen for www.elitedaily.com


Study says that Mediterranean diet may help stop breast cancer coming back

Out of 199 women asked to eat lots of fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil in Italian trial, none suffered recurrence in three years

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The Mediterranean diet in the study contained plenty of olive oil. Photograph by: Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images

Eating a Mediterranean diet, rich in fruit, vegetables, fish and olive oil, may help prevent breast cancer returning, according to a study presented at a major international cancer conference.

Lifestyle – whether people are physically active or not – and being overweight are known risk factors for breast cancer, but there is increasing interest in whether particular eating habits play a part in its occurrence and recurrence.

The study presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago is a trial in Italy which compared the outcomes for 307 women who had been treated for early breast cancer. One group of 199 women were asked to eat a Mediterranean diet, involving four portions of vegetables, three pieces of fruit and one serving of grains a day, together with four or more servings of fish each week, some red and processed meat and plenty of olive oil. They were allowed up to one alcoholic drink a day.

The other group of 108 women were asked to eat their normal diet, but given advice on healthy food by a dietician.

The cancer researchers at Piacenza hospital, Italy, found that after three years, 11 women from the group eating a normal diet suffered a return of their breast cancer, while none of those eating a Mediterranean diet did.

Experts say the study is small and has limitations, but raises issues of great interest. “The whole topic of lifestyle interventions for breast cancer survivors is a very important one. There is substantial research going on into what we should be recommending,” said Dr Erica Mayer, an ASCO expert in breast cancer, assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and director of clinical research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the US.

But the results of studies to date have been conflicting. “It is not clear whether there is a specific diet or foods to eat or not to eat to prevent recurrence,” she said. Physical activity, on the other hand, is very beneficial, helping to prevent cancer both occurring and recurring.

The signals so far from research into women’s eating habits and breast cancer “probably reflect weight loss rather than diet”, she said. On this particular study there were issues with the methodology. “They don’t say if this is randomised. People were asked to participate in one diet or the other. There is no information about the activity level or change in weight which for most of the lifestyle research one needs to be aware of,” she said.

Cancer charities said more research was needed. “The preliminary results of this small study suggest that a Mediterranean diet could lower the risk of breast cancer returning, but we’d need much longer follow up than three years to confirm the diet’s impact,” said Prof Arnie Purushotham, Cancer Research UK’s senior clinical adviser. “Further studies with more women are needed to understand more about the impact that diet can have on breast cancer survival and the biological reasons behind this.”

Lady Delyth Morgan, the chief executive of Breast Cancer Now, said: “This study adds to increasingly interesting discussions about how lifestyle factors might influence breast cancer recurrence. However, we still don’t have enough evidence to demonstrate a strong link between any specific food type and a person’s breast cancer returning.

“We need to see results from longer-term studies before we can give specific diet advice to breast cancer patients. In the meantime we do know that a varied, balanced diet for general health and well-being, as well as being physically active, can be beneficial to breast cancer patients.”

This development is written from: www.theguardian.com