The ancient Aztecs knew peppers were one of the essential ingredients for a happy life. They do more than just spice up your Mexican Restaurant salsa, or get that sweet heat burning down your throat and starting a fire in your belly. Researchers are also finding they're not only an excellent source of daily vitamins, but they also contain compounds that may be linked to weight loss, pain reduction, and metabolism-boosting--all extremely sexy benefits.

Whether you go extra spicy, or crunchy-sweet, peppers contain phytochemicals, naturally occurring compounds found in plants. The ones in peppers have those antioxidant abilities you've heard so much about. So that means a heaping chip full of salsa can help neutralize the free radicals that can damage cells, and even prevent or reduce symptoms of some diseases.

The most noteworthy antioxidant--the one that gives spicy peppers that tear-making, sweat-inducing, blast of fire? It's capsaicin: a flavorless, odorless, colorless compound. The more capsaicin, the hotter the pepper, and the higher the antioxidant level.

Afraid of the heat? You won't be for long. Once you get used to a chili pepper on your tongue, the sensation becomes pleasant. How? Hot peppers release endorphins, the pleasure hormone. Maybe that's why ancient Aztecs and Mayans consider chili peppers an aphrodisiac.

So do you want to get tingling, raise your body temperature, and feel a little wild? Order a double heaping serving of our Salsa Fresca or Pico de Gallo, and brace yourself for how Don Juan you suddenly feel.