Do you love heat the way some people love a sugary treat?

Have you always leaned towards the savory, the meaty, the sizzling hot spice?

If you love pushing the limits of your taste buds and experiencing the warm, buzzing endorphin rush of a good spicy dish, you’re in luck: Your body and brain love it too. Curry Helps to Keep You Young They say that variety is the spice of life, and as it turns out, using a variety of spices can help your body and mind keep their vital spark as you age.

By having yellow curry one night and spicy broccoli beef the next, you’ll not only have delicious food to look forward to but a metabolically enhancing boost of nutrients as well. Turmeric, the spice responsible for the yellow color of some curries, is an excellent source of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation, one of the many contributors to aging. In lab studies, the anti-inflammatory effects of these antioxidants were found to rival those provided by over-the-counter drugs like Ibuprofen.

Hot Salsa Revs Up Your Metabolism Another excellent spice to enjoy is cayenne pepper, which naturally heats up your body and helps you burn more calories. It is also said to strengthen your immunity, stimulate digestion and even help cleanse your body of toxins and impurities. On top of all that, capsaicin, a compound found in the pepper, is actually a a potent pain reliever, capable of relieving sensitive nerve-endings.

Perhaps humans have always been somewhat tuned into the benefits of spicy foods. Turmeric has been used for centuries in Chinese and Indian medicine, and many other cultures hold to a long-standing tradition of spicy meals as well. Even if your ancestors came from the land of the bland, it’s not too late: You can begin enjoying the benefits of these delicious and nutritious flavors today, and enjoy a much spicier tomorrow.