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Cayenne Pepper and its Health Benefits

Updated on January 10, 2014

Cayenne Pepper

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper, what is it and how can it help me? Cayenne pepper is primarily a chili pepper, and they contain capsaicin. Capsaicin is proven to be able to short circuit pain by depleting the cells of a chemical substance called P, this substance helps to transfer pain signals along the nerve endings to the brain. Due to the ability of capsaicin to diminish pain levels you can find it in many of the over- the -counter pain creams, ointments, and patches for arthritis and muscle pain. Also, it is used for post surgical pain, shingles pain, and diabetes related nerve pain.

However, that is just the beginning of the power of cayenne pepper and capsaicin. Did you know that capsaicin is a metabolism booster? Well, it can boost your metabolism, speed up your calorie-burning for a couple of hours after eating. Hot peppers also work as an anti-inflammatory, and they contain plenty of vitamins C and A in conjunction with flavonoids and carotenoids that act as antioxidants.

The benefits of cayenne pepper are amazing and have been known for some time now. There is evidence that the Native Americans were using it as food and a medicine for at least 9,000 years. In India, China, Japan, and Korea it has been used by traditional healers as a remedy for digestive problems, reduced appetite, and circulatory problems.

Does science support this? Research has been done that does support this, and more. Studies show that when a meal is laced liberally with cayenne pepper people with diabetes do not need as much insulin to reduce their blood sugar. The only problem with that is you would need to consume at least one teaspoon full to see the benefits of it, and this might be too much heat for some.

Health Benefits

What are some of the other health benefits of cayenne pepper (red pepper/chili pepper)? The benefits of cayenne pepper are almost not believable. The reputation of cayenne pepper in the medical community is growing in leaps and bounds. It is said to be able to do everything from kill cancer cells in the prostate, lungs, and pancreas to stopping a heart attack in 30 seconds. What are the specifics of cayenne pepper benefits?

1. It can increase your metabolism by immediately affecting the venous structure.

2. It has amazing effects on the circulatory system; it feeds vital elements into the cell structure of capillaries, arteries, veins, and helps to adjust blood pressure to healthy levels.

3. Other health benefits are that it cleans the arteries and helps to rid the body of triglycerides, and bad LDL cholesterol. This is a significant health benefit.

4. Cayenne is also good for the intestinal tract and the stomach. It has the ability to stimulate the peristaltic motion of the intestines and assists in elimination and assimilation.

5. When you take this by mouth is helps to warm the body and has been used by some doctors to aid in the healing and rebuilding of cells due to frostbite.

6. In spite of its hot taste it is outstanding for rebuilding stomach tissue, and helps to make possible the healing of the stomach and intestinal ulcers.

7. It is an antifungal, but this is not its primary health benefit.

8. Cayenne is great for the circulatory system.

9. It regulates blood flow from head to toe so that your blood pressure it equalized.

10. It is found to be useful in relieving allergies; improving digestion, muscle cramps, increases energy, and can help with wound healing.

11. Promotes digestion, it helps to relieve sea-sickness, and when rubbed on the gums can ease a toothache.

12. Prepare with honey and use as a gargle for a sore throat.

13. Cayenne helps to boost the immune system

14. It also helps to clear congestion in the nose and lungs.

The health benefits of cayenne pepper are vast and are still being researched in labs all over the world. They are trying to learn how to harness capsaicin’s tumor-busting potential. In the mean time, there is no downside to eating cayenne pepper. We are just beginning to scratch the surface of its capabilities.

Use this hot and spicy treat in your dishes to give them some spice; it adds zest and flavor to many soups, stews, and other dishes.


Thanks Velzipmur aka Shelly Wyatt

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Selecting and Storing Cayenne Pepper

How do you select and store your cayenne pepper. Dried herbs and spices are readily available in grocery stores, but sometimes they are of inferior to the ones you may find in your local spice stores or ethnic markets. Always choose the organic, and store your cayenne pepper in a tightly sealed glass jar away from direct sunlight.

Cayenne Peppers, Health Benefits

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value

Cayenne pepper is a wonderful source of vitamin A, and also a good source of vitamin E, C, B6, K, and manganese and dietary fiber.

What can you use cayenne pepper in?

You can enjoy cayenne in just about anything. Use it to spice up a vegetable dish, or a sauté. Give your hot chocolate a Mexican flare by adding some cayenne to it. I personally love to use it in my homemade soups.

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

© 2013 Shelly Wyatt

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