Dried pepper or hot pepper has been proven to have medicinal properties too.
Hot pepper (Capsicum) has been shown to be an anti-oxidant (protect body against effect of dangerous toxins), anti-carcinogenic (help protect against cancers) hypocholesterolaemic (helps reduce bad cholesterol in the blood) as well as having antibacterial activities ( please see the book PROTA 2: VegetablesGrubben, G.J.H. & Denton, O.A. (Editors), 2004. Plant Resources of Tropical Africa 2. Vegetables. 668 pp.)
In moderate amount, it helps to increase bowel motion and aid opening of the bowel... another reason why constipation and bowel disorders are rare in Tropical Africa!
The medicinal benefit of hot pepper has also been documented, as it has been shown to help in the relief of flu. Many medications found in Chemist around the world has Capsicum, derived from hot pepper that helps in the relief of back pain, muscle pain, arthritis and rheumatism.
Hot pepper is also believed to have some antibiotic as well as anti-parasitic properties.
Boy! I guess you feel like dashing off to get a bucket load of African red hot dried pepper for your next meal. The information provided here are well researched and literatures abound to support them.
You can buy dried pepper online from your African food shop here. We deliver to you any where in the UK.