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The Household Spice Which Can Detoxify the Body, Soothe Headaches and Soothe Arthritis Pain!

Written By Admin on Thursday, May 19, 2016 | 9:56:00 PM

The majority of people use cayenne pepper as a spice for their meals, but not many people are aware of its health benefits. Cayenne pepper has been used for more than 9,000 years, both as a spice and as a medicine. It is a powerful spice which improves the circulation of the body, reduces acidity and offers a number of health benefits.
The health benefits of cayenne pepper are numerous and it is used to aid digestion including slowing intestinal gas, healing upset stomach, as a cure for diarrhea, for stomachache and as a natural remedy for cramps. It is also used for treating heart and blood vessels conditions, improves circulation, prevents cardiovascular diseases, lowers high cholesterol, and reverses excessive blood clotting.

If consumed, cayenne pepper can soothe a toothache, reduce fever and malaria, cure alcoholism and soothe seasickness. If applied topically, it can alleviate osteoporosis, pain caused by shingles, rheumatoid arthritis and even fibromyalgia.

Capsaicin is a chemical compound found in the fruit of the capsicum. According to a number of studies, it has the potential of curing headaches, including migraines and can be a cure for osteoporosis and similar painful conditions.

Nutrition Facts about Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne is a plant which originates from South and Central America and nowadays it grows in tropical and subtropical climates. It belongs to the subfamily of Capsicum, which is an herb used to make medicine.
Cayenne contains vitamin E, vitamin B6, vitamin C, flavonoids, manganese and potassium and it has potent anti-inflammatory properties. Have a look at the cayenne pepper nutrition facts, which are listed in recommended daily values. A teaspoon of cayenne pepper has:
  • Fat (1 gram)
  • 17 calories
  • Carbohydrates (3 grams
  • Sodium (2 milligrams)
  • Sugar (1 gram)
  • Dietary fiber (1 gram)
  • Vitamin A (44%)
  • Protein (1 gram)
  • Vitamin C (7 %)
  • Vitamin E (8 %)
  • Vitamin K (5 %)
  • Vitamin B6 (6 %)
  • No cholesterol
  • Potassium (3 %)
  • Manganese (5 %)

15 Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

  1. Aids digestion
Cayenne pepper aids in the process of producing saliva, which is crucial for perfect digestion and it also prevents bad breath. To add, cayenne also promotes enzyme production, which is important for the proper function of the digestive system. Cayenne stimulates gastric juices as well and these help the body to metabolize toxins and food.
  1. Soothes Migraine Pain
Cayenne pepper can stimulate pain response in various parts of the body. When this happens, the brain concentrates on the new pain and no longer pays attention on the pain in the head, which is the cause for the migraine.
  1. Prevents Blood Clots
Blockages in the blood vessels and arteries which prevent the blood from circling are called blood clots. By promoting fibrinolytic activity, cayenne prevents blood clots. This is the reason cayenne is able to prevent heart attacks as well. Cayenne contains capsaicin, which clears away deposits that block the arteries and dilates the blood vessels and the arteries to clear clots.
  1. Gives Detox Support
Cayenne pepper is able to eliminate acidity and stimulate circulation. It opens the capillaries and regulates blood sugar and it also assists the digestive system in removing bacteria and toxins from the body. It boost the metabolism and increases your body temperature as well.
  1. Relieves Nerve and Joint Pain
Cayenne has potent pain-relieving properties. It lowers substance P, which is the chemical that signals pain to the brain. According to studies, cayenne can soothe pain following a surgery like an amputation or mastectomy. It also soothes pain from nerve damage in the legs or feet, rheumatoid arthritis, lower back injuries, fibromyalgia such a muscle or joint pain.
  1. Promotes Weight Loss
Incorporating cayenne pepper in your breakfast reduces your appetite. It also burns more fat since it boost metabolism. Cayenne pepper can also calm inflammation caused by infections, food sensitivities, and allergies.
  1. It is an Anti-Irritant
Cayenne is effective in treating diarrhea, cough, upset stomach, and ulcers since it has anti-irritant properties. It is a common belief that cayenne causes gastric ulcers when consumed in large amounts, however recent studies prove that cayenne does not cause, but it helps treating ulcers.
Cayenne prevents secretion of acid, promotes mucus and alkali secretion and gastric mucosal blood flow in particular, thus helping and preventing ulcers.
  1. As a treatment for Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a condition in which the skin cells replicate with a fast pace, which causes swollen patches on the skin which are covered with whitish scales. According to two studies, if applied topically cayenne pepper is effective in treating this condition.
  1. Boosts Metabolism
Cayenne pepper is able to normalize glucose levels and suppress hunger. It reduces the LDL cholesterol and the triglycerides as well.
  1. Fights Flu and Colds
Cayenne pepper is rich in beta carotene and also antioxidants which support the immune system. It breaks up mucus and eliminates it from the body. It also increase body temperature, making you sweat more thus increasing the activity of the immune system.
  1. It is Rich in Vitamin A
Vitamin A is crucial for healthy skin, neurological function and healthy vision. It fights free radicals by reducing inflammation.
  1. It is Rich in Vitamin E
Vitamin E is crucial for a number of organs and it is able to slow down the aging process. This vitamin balances cholesterol, repairs damaged skin, fights free radicals, repairs damages hair and skin, increases the energy levels and improves vision.
  1. Stops Allergies
Cayenne is an anti-inflammatory and it can prevent allergies and their symptoms.
  1. It Might Prevent Cancer
According to studies, capsaicin might be a natural cure for cancer. This compound has the ability to stop the growth of cancer cells and prevent the formation of new cancer cells.
  1. It is an Anti-Fungal
Cayenne pepper can prevent the formation of fungal pathogens and can also kill fungi. It can destroy 16 different fungal strains, and that includes Candida as well.
How to use Cayenne Pepper
You can find cayenne in all markets. You can find it in powdered, dry or fresh form. It is for the best to use fresh cayenne, but make sure the one you buy has a vivid red color and a healthy stem. You can also use dry cayenne. You can store these in container and place them in a dark and cool place. If you choose powdered cayenne, make sure to choose reliable brand.
Use fresh cayenne peppers and make chutney, sauce, spice drink and use them for pickling as well. You can add the powdered or dry cayenne to meals as a spice. Add it to your veggies, nuts, eggs, pasta or meat. You can also put some cayenne into your water and spice it with lemon as well.
You can also find creams which contain capsaicin. These creams are beneficial for treating skin infections, tension and sore muscles.
Possible Side Effects
Medicinal creams and lotions which contain capsaicin are safe for most adults. However, some of the side effect can include itching, burning and skin irritation. It can also cause irritation to the eyes, throat and nose.  Some of the side effects of cayenne pepper if consumed in moderation are runny nose, flushing, sweating, irritation and upset stomach.
Cayenne can also increase bleeding throughout the time and after surgery and that’s way it is recommended to use it two weeks before scheduled surgery at the minimum.