Spice Up Your Sirtfood Diet With Bird’s-Eye Chillies

Spice Up Your Sirtfood Diet With Bird’s-Eye Chillies

chilliesThe Sirtfood Bird’s-Eye Chillies contain the major sirtuin-activating nutrients Luteolin and Myricetin.

Bird’s-eye chillies(sometimes referred to as ‘Thai chillies’) are one of the top 20 Sirtfoods and appear regularly in the receipe sections(here and here) of this website. If you are  not used to spicy food, it is suggested you start with half the chilli amount stated in the receipe, as well as deseeding your chilli before use.  You can adjust the heat to your preference throughout the diet.

Chilli originated in the Americas and has been part of the human diet since at least 7500 BC. Explorer Christopher Columbus brought it back to Spain in the 15th century and its cultivation spread rapidly through the rest of the world. Its pungent heat is designed as a plant defence mechanism to cause discomfort and dissuade predators from feasting on it, yet many relish adding it to their eating patterns.

There are more than 200 varieties, coloured anything from yellow to green to red to black, and varying in heat from mildly warm to mouth-blisteringly hot.

Bird’s- Eye Chillies boast much greater sirtuin-activating credentials than the milder standard chillies that are more commonly used.

Bird’s-Eye chillies are known for weight reducing qualities. They can play a key role in increasing the metabolism of the body by increasing your body temperature. Faster metabolism, proper digestion and waste expulsion, can decrease the chance of fat accumulation in the body.

The chemical compound present in Bird’s-Eye chilli which results in the burning sensation is called Capsaicin. The effects of this compound can vary among individuals. However, most common is a burning sensation of the mouth, throat, and stomach upon ingestion.

It’s not just the heat of chillies but the way they enhance the flavours of other ingredients.

Sirtfood Spices-Chilli And Turmeric

Sirtfood Spices-Chilli And Turmeric

Sirtfood spices chilli and turmeric are amongst the top 20 most effective sirtuin activators.sirtfood spices

Whilst there is a major focus on the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, don’t let that divert focus from other elements of our diet that are as good. None more so than the culinary Sirtfood spices, which contain similar health-enhancing plant compounds (aka phytonutrients) as fruits and vegetables but often in much more effective amounts, which means a little spice can go a long way to boosting health.


Turmeric boasts a long history of use in Asia for both its culinary and medicinal uses. Its use as a staple ingredient in traditional Indian cooking is thought to be one reason for the significantly lower cancer rates in India compared with Western countries. Amongst its numerous active ingredients, it is the curcumin content that is believed to explain many of turmeric’s health benefits, which in addition to anti-cancer properties, include anti-inflammatory effects, and even benefits for preventing weight gain and obesity.

Turmeric advice: Curcumin is poorly absorbed by the body, but there are ways to improve this. Using turmeric in cooking, especially with fat, helps improve its absorption, as does the addition of black pepper.

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The heat in chilli comes from a substance called capsaicin, and the more capsaicin in a chilli, the hotter it is. And recent research suggests that spicing up our food with chilli could be a life saver, concluding that eating hot spicy foods three or more times a week is associated with a 14 percent lower death rate compared to eating them less than once a week.

Chilli advice: As a general rule of thumb, the hotter the better – but don’t exceed what is comfortably tolerable.