Chili peppers are a nightshade plant. Nightshades are inflammatory (unlike Biblical foods). Nightshades include red peppers, tomatoes, white potatoes, paprika and eggplant. Many have found relief from arthritis and aches and pains by avoiding nightshades. But now, there is some evidence that nightshades (at least red peppers) can contribute to cognitive decline, loss of memory, etc. Researchers have found that they have an even greater, negative effect on thin people. This research really should have been expected, due to the inflammatory effects of nightshades. When an entire family of plants is missing from 66 Books of the Bible, it should at least give a person great pause! And nightshades are relatively recent experiment as human food. Notice the recent study:
"Think twice before adding that extra kick of chili sauce or chopped jalapeno to your meal. New research shows a spicy diet could be linked to dementia...New research involving the University of South Australia shows a spicy diet could be linked to dementia. A 15-year study of 4582 Chinese adults aged over 55 found evidence of faster cognitive decline in those who consistently ate more than 50 grams of chili a day. Memory decline was even more significant if the chili lovers were slim...The study, led by Dr Zumin Shi from Qatar University, showed that those who consumed in excess of 50 grams of chili a day had almost double the risk of memory decline and poor cognition..."
(Science Daily, July 22, 2019)
"Dementia is a common disease that affects the quality of life, especially among the elderly population. The prevalence of dementia is on the rise. It is estimated that dementia affected 35.6 million people worldwide in 2010, and this number is expected to double every 20 years...In 2017, approximately 9.5 million Chinese adults aged 60 years and above had dementia...Chili intake was positively related to cognitive function decline...some studies suggest that capsaicin is neurotoxic...and high doses of capsaicin have been used as a tool for chemical denervation of sensory nerves...Therefore, high chili consumption may impact on neuronal viability and, as a consequence, cognitive function. However, this is highly speculative and requires further investigation. Although chili intake is inversely associated with the risk of hypertension...this beneficial effect has not translated to a better cognitive function..."
For hypertension, I would choose cinnamon, garlic, and other healthy supplements, and avoid spices with no Biblical foundation. Nightshade plants have toxic green parts that are inedible. This should also be a red flag.
For spicy flavor, I would use garlic, onions, turmeric, ginger, and other more healthy, anti-inflammatory alternatives.