5 Reasons Spicy Food Is Good for You

Here are five convincing reasons to reconsider adding a little spice to your day, even if you are an agnostic or simply don't enjoy the heat.

A large 2015 Harvard National Center for Disease Control found that eating spicy food six or seven days a week—even once a day—lowered mortality rates by 14%.

1. Spicy food has longevity benefits

Cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, and chilies have been shown to increase metabolic resting rate and decrease appetite. Turmeric also inhibited mouse fat tissue growth.

2. Spicy food speeds up your metabolism

Turmeric curcumin may reduce inflammation. Ginger and garlic's anti-inflammatory properties have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat various conditions.

3. Spices combat inflammation

Chili pepper slows and kills cancer cells. A UCLA study find that capsaicin suppressed prostate cancer cell growth in mice without harming healthy cells.

4. Spices may even help fight cancer cells

Cumin and turmeric are powerful antioxidants and antimicrobials. They can fight body bacteria.

5. Spices help kill bacteria

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