Chilli (Green Chillies-Red Chillies-Capsicum…):
(V- P+ K-, V+P++ in excess) It is bitter and pungent in taste. ‘Virya’ is Heating. ‘Vipaka’ is Pungent. It is light, dry, hot and sharp. Its pungent character is due presence of capsaicinoids. Good in very mild quantities, excess will kill the mucous lining of your stomach and intestines!
Bio-Chemically, it is rich source of Vitamin A (Especially, Red Ones!), C. It is Rich in Flavonoids, which Regulate Chemical-Physiological processes in The Body. Also, Chillies are Good Source for Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Manganese! Chilies are a rich source of various B-Complex Vitamins like B-1, B-2, B-6
Medicinally, it acts as a pain killer in arthritis and joint pains. They have natural antibiotic properties, stimulate mucosa of stomach. They aid in digestion and stimulates metabolism. The Alkaloid ‘Capsaicin’, found in chillies is, along with above mentined benefits, is also Anti-carcinogenic and Ant-Diabetic.
- In excess may cause Irritation in Mucous Linings of The Body,
- To be avoided in Pitta Aggravated conditions (May aggravate GERD).
- The Anti-Dote would be things like Butter-Milk, Pure Desi Cow Ghee etc.