The Habanero chili pepper is one of the hottest chili peppers in the Capsicum family. These little hot peppers have it all: a lot of flavor, heat, and big doses of the antioxidant vitamins A and C. Vitamin A-rich foods promote lung health, and both A and C are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in our body, important for the prevention of cancer. A phytonutrient called capsaicin, which is found in the seeds and ribs of hot peppers and is responsible for their heat, has been found to be a strong anti-inflammatory agent, helpful in digestion of fats, and effective against sinus infections. Though Habaneros prefer hot weather, too much sun exposure can cause damage to these nightshade family members. When growing our Habanero peppers, we help our peppers thrive well under a good morning sun while making sure the soil we use have an ideal pH of 5 or 6. We also take pains not to water the Habanero plants too much to avoid the peppers tasting bitter.
Habaneros are high in Vitamin C. Adding Habaneros to your diet may provide many of the benefits attributed to vitamin C including, “protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling.”
The Habanero pepper is also credited with helping relieve some cold symptoms, particularly respiratory issues. It is reported to help clear out the sinuses and congested mucus membranes in the nose and lungs. It also creates a sweat effect which can help aid your body in eliminating toxins.
Capsaicin - the compound that is attributed to giving Habanero chili is also credited with helping weight loss. Capsaicin increases thermogenesis, a process where your body raises its temperature. This process can increase your metabolism, which forces fat cells to be used as energy.