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Chili Pepper Leaf Benefits

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Chili pepper leaf benefitsChili pepper leaf, a native American plant, is used extensively in medicines and food. Unlike its fruits, the leaves impart a mild heat and pungency and are hence, perfect substitutes for people who can't stand spice. Read on to know more about chili pepper leaf benefits…




Chili Pepper Leaf Benefits for Health

Chili pepper leaves contain phytochemcials and phenolic acids. These have potent disease preventing mechanisms in addition to high antioxidant activity. The phenolic acid detoxifies enzymes, stimulates immune system, and reduces blood pressure. The antioxidant activity they exhibit reduces cancer risk, cataracts, cardiovascular diseases, and macular degeneration. Capsaicin, the photochemical present in chili pepper leaves, can induce death of cancer cells in mice and even get pancreatic cells to start producing insulin again in cases on type-1 diabetes. Clinical trials in humans prove that chili pepper leaves can lower LDL levels. They are also capable of alleviating chronic pain, control microbial contamination of food, and protect stomach lining from H.pylori infection.


Culinary Uses of Chili Pepper Leaf

Chili pepper leaf can be used in a variety of dishes. The leaves taste bitter but impart only a mild heat in comparison to the fruits. They are often cooked as greens in Filipino and Japanese cuisine. Here they are known as dahon ng sili.  Chili pepper leaves are added to tinola, the chicken soup and in Korea they are used in kimchi. The leaves are used for preservation too in Japan by cooking them in tsukudani style. The freshly picked leaves can be added to stir fries ad soups for a mild heat and plenty of benefits. Care should be taken to add the leaves only during the last couple of minutes of cooking.

Enjoy chili pepper leaf benefits by using it more often in your daily cuisine.


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Anonymous's picture
Is it the leaf of chili plant or something else? If yes, then can we use any type of chili plant for collecting the leaves or there is something specific??
priyam's picture
Yes, they are leaves of the chili plant. Depending on type of chili, degree of heat of the leaves would vary.
Anonymous's picture
I love to use chilis in everything that I cook but after reading this blog, I can't wait to use chili leaves as well. But I don't know where to get chili leaves. Our neighborhood grocer doesn't keep any.
priyam's picture
The best way to get chili pepper leaves would be grow it in your kitchen garden. You may even ask your grocer to get you some, if they are not readily available.
chockyfoodie's picture
Chili leaves, I never knew that they were beneficial too. I am an avid lover of chilis and addicted to using them in most of my foods. Would definitely try out using chili leaves.
The.Hungry.Soul's picture
Didn't know chili pepper leaves could be used in cooking and were good for blood pressure. Thanks for the information. Im sure the flavor and aroma it imparts to foods is wonderful
Rekhs's picture
Nice...but where do I buy them? I haven't seen them in supermarkets around.
thot4food's picture
Bitter, hot leaf? Never knew about it. Thanks for the info
bronzegoddess.bright's picture
bitter et hot?? this is news!
bonappetit's picture
The health benefits were interesting.
Chili Pepper Leaf Benefits