Got an interesting one for you all this week, which serves as a perfect follow-up to last week’s video titled “Women Prefer Men With This”.

If you haven’t watched that video yet, do check it out. If only to gain a little context for how this video is related.

In any case, this video features a nutritional tip, that you can apply straight away, that appears to have a significant effect on muscular strength!

Using baseline data from the Tianjin Chronic Low-grade Systemic Inflammation and Health Cohort Study, with a sample size of 3,717 adults, the researchers noticed a relationship between muscle strength and frequency of chili consumption, such as from cayenne or sambal sauce.

After adjusting for factors such as age, BMI, physical activity level, blood protein levels, calorie intake, frequency of pepper consumption, smoking status, drinking status, and metabolic syndromes, researchers found a positive correlation between the frequency of chili consumption and muscle strength in adult males. And those that consumed chilis at least 2-3 times per week witnessed the greatest results.

It should be noted that these results were not observed with sweet pepper consumption.

Now, obviously, this finding is correlative, not causative. Further research will be necessary to determine any causal relationship between chili consumption and muscle strength.

However, the researchers theorize that the capsaicin in the chilis suppresses a particular protein complex called “nuclear factor kappa B”, which in turn inhibits the activity of inflammatory factors which can stimulate muscle catabolism.

For the unaware, capsaicin is the active ingredient found in chili peppers that makes them hot.

For now, these results suggest that a chili-rich diet may have a beneficial effect on your hand-grip strength. So, unless you’re sensitive or allergic to chilis, I see no harm in adding them to your diet to potentially reap the strength benefits!

Which may also help accelerate your results with any one of my training programs. All of which are linked below!

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But even if we find, in time, that there isn’t any causal relationship between chili consumption and strength, there are still a myriad other potential benefits from adding chilis to your diet.

A review of research suggests that capsaicin may provide benefits ranging from improved heart health, to combating conditions such as metabolic syndrome, fatty liver disease, obesity, and stomach ulcers.

I personally add a dash of crushed red pepper to my meals, as well as generously dropping-on some jalapeno sriracha.

Anyway, do leave your thoughts and comments below.


Consumption of chilies, but not sweet peppers, is positively related to handgrip strength in an adult population

Red pepper makes muscles stronger

Capsaicin may have important potential for promoting vascular and metabolic health

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