My husband has been sick with a cold virus all week, but I have ward off the feeling of a cold symptom through a collards, beets, carrots, purple cabbage soup and chopped jalapeño peppers (veins and seeds left in). As you know, Sister has not been sick for 2-1/2 years since becoming a vegetarian and then a vegan.
How does hot peppers help you fight cold symptoms and congestion? Capsaicin is an active compound found in chili peppers. Capsaicin a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory for the human body. The medical industry has documented that chili peppers can be used to treat bad cholesterol levels, Arthritis, heart diseases and high blood pressure at a successful rate.
So, eat up! I like to keep the veins and seeds in my jalapeno and Serrano peppers for extra hotness. I say to you experiment. What may be too for hot for one person, may be just right or not hot enough for another. Some chili peppers require clothes in handling to prevent burning.