Smoothie with a chili? Yes, against cardiovascular disease and cancer and much more……

Chili can seem addictive. That is because the substance that makes the chili strong, capsaicin, boosts the production of endorphins in the body. Endorphins have an analgesic effect and feelings of wellbeing and relaxation – it’s not surprising that we sometimes feel a strong desire for chili.

Cayenne pepper is a type of chili that been found to have several good properties : it increases the metabolic rate, dissolves mucus, and is generally good for the digestion; it cleanses the body of toxins, is bactericidal, lowers the blood pressure, is effective against cardiovascular disease and cancer, and thins the blood. It is good for angina sufferers. Cayenne pepper can even be sprinkled on wounds to stem bleeding.

For 2 glasses of this smoothie:smoothie

2 tbsp goji berries
1 ¼ cups (300ml) freshly pressed carrots
3 oranges
½ lime
1 banana (frozen)
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Sweetener to taste
Generous ¾ cup (100ml) ice (optional)

Soak the goji berries in carrot juice for 5-10 minutes. Press the oranges and the lime. Blend oll the ingredients to a smooth consistency and season with cayenne pepper. Blend in the ice for a chilled smoothie.

(from “Vegan Smoothies” by Eliq Maranik)

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