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Top 5 Benefits of Cayenne

Updated on January 7, 2020
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Anne has a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor's in Language.

The Spicy Healer

Cayenne pepper is extremely spicy but has wonderful benefits to the body due to the presence of capsaicin in cayenne.
Cayenne pepper is extremely spicy but has wonderful benefits to the body due to the presence of capsaicin in cayenne.

Spicy Healing

For most, when we think of cayenne, we are thinking of spicy recipes and cooking ideas. Many people do not know that cayenne also has various benefits to the body and to health. Cayenne has been used medicinally for centuries to treat certain ailments and to help aid in overall health and functioning in the body. The one ingredient that gives this herb so much spice is also what gives it the ability to heal and help our bodies, and that is known as capsaicin.

1. Pain Reliever

The properties of capsaicin in cayenne make it the ideal medicine for pain relief. The capsaicin reduces and blocks pain signals in the body, thus relieving pain. Cayenne also has anti-inflammatory properties that make it ideal to use for pain relief purposes. Cayenne can be taken in the form of capsules or in a topical cream. Most vitamin shops actually carry cayenne capsules and they should be relatively easy to find.

2. Metabolism

Cayenne can also be helpful to use to boost your metabolism. If you have ever heard someone talk about how spicy foods can help kick-start your digestion or your metabolism, this is pretty much the same thing we are talking about here with cayenne. When you eat something spicy, it generally makes your body feel hot and therefore, it increases the calories you burn. This speeds up your metabolism and helps with your digestion as well.

3. Skin Treatment

Cayenne and capsaicin creams have been shown to be effective in helping to treat the symptoms of psoriasis. While cayenne does not cure psoriasis, it can help relieve the itchiness and some of the other symptoms of psoriasis. This is why typically there are capsaicin creams that people can purchase to use topic on sensitive areas of the affected skin. In addition, cayenne can be used to treat other skin problems and skin infections because of its antibacterial qualities.

Cayenne Capsules

Many people choose to take cayenne in capsule form because it is too spicy to ingest on its own as an herbal supplement.
Many people choose to take cayenne in capsule form because it is too spicy to ingest on its own as an herbal supplement.

4. Relieves Congestion

Have you ever heard someone talk about eating something so spicy that it seems to clear out their sinuses? There is a lot of truth to that, actually. Spicy peppers and cayenne can help to clear the sinuses and congestion in the body, so sometimes when you are sick, it is actually good to eat something spicy like cayenne to help clear up chest congestion. This is an easy way to do it without having to buy tons of over the counter congestion medications.

5. Anti-Inflammatory and Circulation

Cayenne is known to help reduce inflammation in the body as well as to help with blood flow and circulation. Taking cayenne supplement capsules can help to greatly reduce your risk of high blood pressure and ensure that you have good circulation. If you need an anti-inflammatory medication and the over the counter medicine is not helping as much as you has hoped, cayenne can also do the job to help reduce inflammation. Before using a supplement like cayenne to help treat these ailments, please speak with your doctor to find out what the best plan of action for you is.

Hot, Hot, Hot

The bottom line is that the ingredient capsaicin found in cayenne pepper is what gives it the majority of its medicinal properties. Many other spicy foods also contain this ingredient and this is why a lot of spicy peppers and other foods have similar health benefits. A lot of times with think of spicy foods as things that are just going to give us heartburn and digestive issues, but used in the right ways, cayenne pepper will actually work to help your body, not harm it. If you are not a fan of spicy food but still want to benefit from the many things that cayenne has to offer medicinally, it is suggested that you take cayenne capsules rather than using it in your food. Most people that are using cayenne as a supplement typically like to ingest it in capsule form since it is so spicy to taste. Remember, when you are considering what cayenne can do to help improve your overall quality of life, make sure you consult your doctor and work with them to ensure you are getting the best health benefits you can.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


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