Sunday, April 25, 2010

Capsicum for Stress and Depression

Hot n’ Spicy mood lifter
We all know someone who just
loves their spicy food. Well, as it
turns out, there is some science
behind the love of spicy foods.
Capsicum (cayenne, hot peppers)
increases the release of feel-good
endorphins when the spice hits
the tongue, according to Dr. Paul
Rozin, Department of Psychology
at the University of Pennsylvania.
Endorphins are known for their
ability to reduce stress, relieve depression,
and significantly raise the
spirits. So if you need an emotional
lift, add some cayenne pepper to
your next meal.
Source: Psychological Review,