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Capsaicin, which makes chillies hot, is an antioxidant; it may protect the DNA from carcinogens. It may also help kill the bacteria that cause most stomach ulcers.
Chillies are a leading source of vitamin C. They're not usually eaten in large quantities – but the more, the healthier. * Red chillies contain more than ten times the beta-carotene of green chillies. * Capsaicin acts as an anticoagulant and thus may help prevent heart attacks.