Chillies are very good food with good nutrients. They are rich in vitamins and minerals. Capsaicin is the main phytochemical from the capsaicinoids which has many health benefits.

The health benefits of capsaicin include:

• Can cause cancer cell death in animal studies
• Can inhibit chemically induced carcinogenesis and mutagenesis in animal models
• May help to reduce weight. If you want to gain weight reduce the intake of red chillies
• Can prevent the oxidation of the bad LDL-cholesterol
• Meals with red chillies help to control the blood sugar
• Is a painkiller
• Can control the microbial contamination of food
• Has anti-ulcer protective effects

But, any food which we eat in excess is not good. It is also with red chillies. If you buy red chilli powder buy from good and known sources. There are adulterations in some countries where para-Red or lead salts are added.