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''Red chilis contain high amounts of vitamin C and carotene (provitamin A). Yellow and especially green chilis (which are essentially unripe fruit) contain a considerably lower amount of both substances. In addition, peppers are a good source of most B vitamins, and vitamin B6 in particular. They are very high in potassium, magnesium, and iron. Their high vitamin C content can also substantially increase the uptake of non-heme iron from other ingredients in a meal, such as beans and grains''

Chilli pepper remedies

In medicinal doses it has a reputation for stimulating the gut and helping digestion, causing a burning sensation in the mouth and increasing the flow of saliva. It is reputed to stimulate the heart, skin, kidneys and nervous system and to act as an aphrodisiac. It has been given for a number of conditions such as in some forms of delirium, for sea-sickness, malarial and other fevers, gout, constipation and haemorrhoids.

It has also been used for alleviating uterine and other internal bleeding, and when combined with a plant called nux vomica (a source of strychnine botanically known as Strychnos nux-vomica) it has been used for digestive disorders, chronic diarrhoea and colic, and has been used in chronic alcoholism. The snuff has been used to treat hayfever. The whole plant cooked in milk has been applied to reduce swellings and hardened tumours. Chilli powder has been used in India to apply to dog bites.

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