Health Benefits of the Jalapeno Pepper

They’re spicy and they leave your mouth on fire. If you don’t wash your hands immediately after cutting them then everything you touch seems to be on fire too! But these things are so beneficial to our health. Who’d have ever known?


  1. Anti-oxidant
    • Antioxidants is a substance that protects our cells from harmful substances. Because jalapeno’s are high in antioxidants, they also provide strength to our cells.
  2. Anti-inflammatory
    • Jalapeno’s produce a chemical, Capsaicin, which contains anti-inflammatory properties. Say bye bye to pain!
  3. Anti-carcinogetic
    • The heat produced in the body after consuming a jalapeno can kill cancer cells directly related to prostate cancer. The high amounts of antioxidants also prevents cell damage that is caused by cancer.
  4. Anti-bacterial/fungal
    • Capsaicin has antibacterial properties which can reduce and eliminate bacterial infections.
  5. Promotes healthy lipids
    • Jalapeno’s also serve as a thinning agent in the blood stream. They can help dissolve Fibrin, a protein that attaches to the blood vessel walls causing blocked arteries.
  6. Heart health
    • Capsaicin reduces the bad cholesterol (LDL) while reducing platelet aggregation and also lowers blood pressure. Jalapeno’s also provide Vitamins A and C along with bioflavanoids, which are known to strengthen blood vessels allowing for more flex to adjust with ever changing blood pressures. This reduces the risk of having a stroke and/or heart attack.
  7. Natural analgesic
    • The capsaicin provided by jalapeno’s attaches itself to proteins called TRPV1 which tricks your body into thinking that it is being exposed to extreme heat. Once the body thinks this for a certain period of time, the nerve endings become desensitized to the pain.
  8. Helps to maintain blood vessel, tissue, skin, and bone health
    • Collagen has the main responsibility in maintaining blood vessel, tissue, skin, and bone health. Collagen acts as a type of glue in the body and is what holds the body together. As we age, our collagen production drops. Jalapeno’s can increase collagen production with its huge amounts of Vitamin C.
  9. Boosts immune system
    • Studies show that just one jalapeno provides over 50% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C.
  10. Aids in weight release
    • One of the chemicals, Capsaicin, found in jalapeno’s is a natural weight release aid. It is the main chemical found in a lot of weight release pills. With daily consumption, Capsaicin is released in the body and literally burns off fat as heat is produced in the body.
  11. Helps balance and regulate body temperature when cold
    • Jalapeno’s are an excellent source of natural warmth when cold. Jalapeno’s raise the body temperature naturally, thus making you feel warmer.
  12. Massive amounts of vitamins and minerals
    • Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E, K
    • Folates
    • Pantothenic Acid
    • Niacin
    • Riboflavin
    • Thiamin
    • Pyridoxine
    • Carotene A and B
    • Lutein-Zeaxanthin
    • Cryptoxanthin B
    • Copper
    • Iron
    • Magnesium
    • Selenium
    • Calcium
    • Phosphorus
    • Sodium
    • Potassium
    • Folic Acid
  13. Promotes healthy fluid loss
    • It is possible to have too much fluid stored in the body. When we do, it can cause problems with our hearts, breathing, and numerous other things. The heat produced by the jalapeno’s helps our body to lose some of the retained fluid.
  14. Helps prevent stomach and mouth ulcers
    • Because of the insanely high amount of antioxidants, jalapeno’s are able to kill bad bacteria in the stomach and mouth that could potentially cause ulcers if left there.
  15. Clears nasal passages
    • This one may be a little more obvious. But yes, the heat put off from the peppers is powerful enough to clear gunky airways. This is a great, and natural way, to aid in the fight against colds and sinus infections. Capsaicin is also responsible for this.
  16. Pain relief from migraine headaches
    • Yes, that was read correctly. There aren’t very many treatments for migraine’s. Want a natural and effective one? Eat a jalapeno on a regular basis. The Capsaicin (Capsaicin sure is pretty powerful, eh?) in the jalapeno inhibits the key neuropeptide, Substance P. Substance P is the main brain pain transmitter.
  17. Anti-aging properties
    • Regular and consistent consumption of jalapeno’s builds up quite a bit of collagen in the body which decreases the signs of aging.
  18. Nervous system improvement
    • Jalapeno’s are full of Folic Acid as well as Vitamins A, B, and C which are all essential vitamins for regulating the amino acids that keep the nervous system in optimum health. By consuming jalapeno’s on a regular basis, diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are significantly decreased.

What is the moral of the story?

Eat jalapeno’s daily! The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” should probably be changed to say “a jalapeno a day keeps the doctor away.” Jalapeno’s can be eaten raw, smoked, sauteed, baked, or any other way that you like them best. Isn’t it amazing how healthy something so very little actually is?

Love & Light to all