What Are The Health Benefits Of Serrano Peppers?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

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What are the health benefits of Serrano pepper? The health benefits of serrano pepper are boosting your immunity, aid in weight loss, improve bone health, regulate blood sugar, treat chronic pain, etc.

Serrano pepper is a popular spicy chili pepper that comes from Mexican cuisine. The nutritional value and amount of vitamin of serrano peppers is:

  • 32 calories
  • Protein- 1.74 grams
  • Carbohydrates-6.7 grams
  • Fiber- 3.7 grams
  • Sugar- 3.83 grams
  • Fat- 0.44 grams
  • Potassium- 305 grams
  • Phosphorus-40 mg
  • Magnesium- 22 mg
  • Calcium- 11 mg
  • Sodium- 10 mg
  • Iron- 0.86 mg
  • Vitamin C- 44.9 mg
  • Niacin- 1.54 mg
  • Vitamin B-6- 0.5 mg
  • Pantothenic Acid- 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin A- 281 ug
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The potassium in Serrano peppers helps regulate blood pressure and mineral fluid balance while reducing kidney stones. Research studies show that the Vitamin C in serrano peppers can help boost your immunity.

Research studies have shown that capsaicin is effective in treating chronic pain, migraines, inflammatory bowel disease and shingles. Capsaicin helps to block pain messages to your nerves. And it helps relieve pain by reducing the quantity of a neurotransmitter that transmits pain signals to the brain.


When we sweat it is a signal that the body is cooling down because of its internal thermal effects. If you eat serrano pepper it will cause you to sweat excessively, and that is a sign that serrano pepper is lowering your body temperature.

Regulating Blood Sugar

The capsaicin in red peppers has anti-diabetic properties and it helps to reduce fasting blood glucose and insulin levels. Research studies show that capsaicin lowers blood glucose levels and glycogen.

Being Mindful Of Taking Too Much Serrano Pepper

It is important to be mindful that taking too much serrano pepper can give you belly pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, burning feeling, etc.

Stop Migraines

There was a small study where 7 out of 10 people had a headache and migraine relief for a while. And this happened by spraying hot pepper up their nose. And the study reveals that the reason why the headaches and migraines stopped was because of the capsaicin in it.

Improving Arthritis

Capsaicin is an ingredient in many lotions, patches, creams that can help relieve arthritis pain and neuropathy. There was one research study where it cut pain by 50% in a couple of weeks.

Extending Longevity

There was a large study that showed that adults that ate one red chili pepper for one month reduced their risk of death by 13%.

The Bottom Line is Serrano peppers provide tremendous health benefits such as improving migraines, improve arthritis, regulate blood sugar, lower your body temperature, etc.

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