Cayenne is well known for:
- Aiding circulation
- Aiding digestion
- Relieving joint & nerve pain
- Supporting weight loss
- Clearing sinus congestion
Circulation – Cayenne increases circulation and helps prevent blood clots. This is also the reason why cayenne pepper is effective in preventing heart attacks. The capsaicin in cayenne pepper helps to clear away artery-narrowing lipid deposits, and dilates arteries and blood vessels to clear away clots.
Digestion – Cayenne stimulates the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices that aid the body’s ability to metabolize food and toxins. It also helps the digestive system to move bacteria and toxins out of the body. The common belief is that cayenne pepper, when consumed in excessive amounts, leads to gastric ulcers because of its irritant and acid-secreting nature, however, studies have found that cayenne pepper does not stimulate, but inhibits acid secretion, stimulates alkali and mucus secretions and particularly gastric mucosal blood flow, which helps in the prevention and healing of ulcers.
Weight loss – Cayenne pepper increases body temperature and boosts metabolism. It also suppresses the appetite and burns excess fat. It keeps blood pressure levels normalized and helps the body lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
Joint and Nerve Pain – Cayenne power has very powerful pain-relieving properties. It reduces the amount of substance P, a chemical that carries pain messages to the brain. When there is less substance P, the pain messages no longer reach the brain and you feel relief.
Studies have found that cayenne pepper relieves pain after surgery, such as a mastectomy or an amputation. It also alleviates pain from nerve damage in the feet or legs from diabetes, lower back injuries, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as fibromyalgia symptoms like joint or muscle pain.
Fights Cold and Flu & Sinus – Cayenne pepper benefits include being full of beta carotene and antioxidants that support your immune system. It aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus, and once this mucus leaves the body, the symptoms of the flu or cold will diminish. Besides this it also raises your body temperature, which makes you sweat and increases the activity of your immune system.
Because cayenne is an anti-inflammatory agent, it has the power to prevent allergies and the symptoms related to allergies too.
Anti-Fungal – Cayenne pepper has the ability to kill fungus and prevent the formation of fungal pathogens. Cayenne pepper was investigated to determine it’s in vitro antifungal activity, and the results found that it was active against 16 different fungal strains, including Candida.
Precautions: Cayenne be extremely irritating to the eyes, nose, and throat, so be careful when using cayenne pepper on sensitive skin or around the eyes. When consumed in moderate doses, side effects can include upset stomach and irritation, sweating, flushing, and runny nose.
Although people use cayenne pepper to treat gastrointestinal problems, the substance can cause stomach irritation in some individuals. Anyone prone to heartburn should talk to a health care provider before taking cayenne pepper capsules. Individuals with irritable bowel syndrome or stomach or intestinal ulcers may not be able to safely consume cayenne pepper supplements.
Some individuals may experience an allergic reaction to cayenne pepper. This is more likely in people allergic to avocados, bananas, chestnuts, kiwi, or latex. Signs include difficulty breathing, chest pain, tightness in the throat or chest, a skin rash, hives, and itchy or swollen skin. An allergic reaction to cayenne pepper capsules should be considered a medical emergency.
Consuming too much capsaicin can cause kidney and liver damage. People should not exceed recommended doses, and anyone with kidney or liver problems should not take cayenne pepper capsules.
Breast-feeding women should not eat cayenne pepper or use cayenne supplements. Some babies develop a skin condition called erythematous dermatitis after their breast-feeding mothers ate food flavored with cayenne. Erythematous dermatitis causes skin scaling and peeling.
Dosage: Take 1-3 Capsules 2 times per day