It makes you happy
Hot sauce fiends love the burn because that joy is real. Your brain responds to the fact that it believes you are on fire by releasing endorphins, similar to a runner’s high, to tell you that it’s got this, and that repairs are underway.
It boosts your circulation
Hot sauce acts as a general stimulant, increasingly blood flow to the stomach, elevating your heart rate, and generally adding zing to every system in your body. This is why Sriracha-covered wings don’t spell naptime -- you just ate the food equivalent of a run around the block.
It makes you live longer
While the burn itself, however dramatic, lasts no more than 15 minutes, numerous studies show that the mega dose of vitamin C in capsaicin and perhaps, maybe, all of the above, lead to generally increased lifespans among hot sauce lovers (we’re talking dousing your food in hot sauce four times a week). Which is all to say… pass that bottle of mouth magma.