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%.
Cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, and chilies have been shown to increase metabolic resting rate and decrease appetite. Turmeric also inhibited mouse fat tissue growth.
Turmeric curcumin may reduce inflammation. Ginger and garlic's anti-inflammatory properties have been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries to treat various conditions.
Chili pepper slows and kills cancer cells. A UCLA study find that capsaicin suppressed prostate cancer cell growth in mice without harming healthy cells.
Cumin and turmeric are powerful antioxidants and antimicrobials. They can fight body bacteria.