Health Benefits of Chipotle
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Health Benefits of Chipotle

A chipotle is a smoke-dried jalapeno chili that is used primarily in Mexican and Mexican-inspired cuisine. Dating back to Northern Mexico prior to the Aztec civilization, as much as one fifth of Mexico’s jalapeno crops are processed into chipotles. These peppers are rich in the minerals iron, niacin, thiamin, magnesium and riboflavin. Also contains Vitamin A and Vitamin C with antioxidants to boost your immune system in its defense against invading pathogens.

Many people love their hotand spicy food; the hotter the better especially when it come to hot peppers. There are some positive health benefits and there are some not so positive health benefits of eating any type of hot peppers.. All things in moderation.


An active ingredient in chipotle which produces the heat that makes foods chipotle-laden food spicy hot with the heat being produced by its seed. Chipotles are said to measure 5,500 on the Scoville Heat units. The seeds of the chipotle are the main source of the heat.

 When capsaicin is consumed in diluted form, such as in chipotle, it offers a host of health benefits. Additional research suggests that cream or liquid based capsaicin can offer essential benefits in pain management. Dr. Marco Pappagallo has received FDA approval to conduct clinical trials of a 5 percent capsaicin cream on AIDS patients suffering from painful peripheral neuropathy.

“Dr. Marco Pappagallo, MD, is the Director of the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Comprehensive Pain Treatment Center, at Mt Sinai/NYU Health in New York, New York. He is also Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology in the Department of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and serves as an attending physician at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Bellevue Hospital Center, and NYU Hospital, all in New York, New York.”

Vitamin K

Chipotle rich in sources of vitamin K an essential nutrient for the production of platelets that clot blood, which may help speed healing of wounds and ulcers. This vitamin may also help prevent osteoporosis by enhancing your body's ability to use calcium from foods and supplements.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an antioxidant, which may help prevent cellular damage and cancerous tumor formation caused by free radicals. It may also increase the function of your immune system thus aiding in your body’s ability to ward off bacterial and viral illnesses. Best known for its ability to help you with issues of night blindness.

Vitamin C

An antioxidant, Vitamin C can prevent the formation of carcinogens (e.g. nitrosamines) in foods and in the gastrointestinal tract. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of carnitine which is required for the transport of fat the production of energy.  

Vitamin C is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol to bile acids which may contribute to healthy blood cholesterol levels or prevent formation of gall stones.  

Other Health Benefits of Chipotle

May Help:

  • Prevent heart attack and stroke by helping to prevent blood clots.
  • Reduce risks of certain cancers, such as those affecting the prostate.
  • Help clear congestion and mucus blockages in the respiratory tract. Contain antioxidants which help to maintain insulin levels thus lowering the risk of type-2 diabetes.
  • Fight stomach ulcers and other intestinal diseases.

Be Advised:

While Chipotle peppers offer many health benefits. They also can be concern for some health risks. Protect your skin by wearing gloves when handling any hot peppers, Avoid rubbing your and touching your eyes when handling hot peppers. These peppers have been known to cause heartburn and stomach issues, stomach ulcers and intestinal diseases,


Dr. Pappagallo – Pain Management

Definition of Free Radicals

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