What are the Benefits of Cayenne Pepper?

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Cayenne pepper has been universally known as “the king of herbs” owing to its culinary uses and health benefits. Many herbalists hail the power of cayenne pepper as it can be used to cure simple ailments as well as major diseases. Cayenne is known by the Latin names of Capsicum minimum, Capsicum annuum and Capsicum frutescens. It is also known by common names such as Chili pepper, Bird pepper, African pepper, Mexican Chillies, Goat’s pod, Red pepper, Paprika, Zanzibar pepper and Tabasco pepper. In its powdered form cayenne pepper is known as red pepper and is used traditionally to add flavor to dishes. Cayenne pepper is used in its whole form or as a powder is used as an herbal supplement. Cayenne pepper constitutes alkaloids, vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B6, and B9. Its active constituents also include apsaicine, capsaicin, capsacutin, capsico PABA, capsanthine, flavonoids, fatty acids, sugars and volatile oils. 

 

What is the history of Cayenne Pepper?

The name "cayenne" was given because of its cultivation in the city of Cayenne in French Guiana on the northeast coast of South America. Cayenne has been traditionally used in ancient societies of China and Americas, for therapeutic purposes. Cayenne Pepper is popularly used in recent times as part of detoxifying programs such as Master Cleanse to stimulate the circulatory system and neutralize the acid content in the body.

 

 

What are the Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper?

Cayenne pepper has antiseptic, antibacterial, antispasmodic and carminative properties. It is often used in appropriate doses in conjunction with other herbs for medicinal purposes.

  •  Weight Loss: Cayenne Pepper is a vital ingredient that helps in weight loss by increasing metabolism and helping the body to burn excess fats. Scientific studies at Laval University have proven that those who consumed cayenne for breakfast had comparatively less appetite and thus consumed lesser calories for the day.
  • Combat Inflammation: Cayenne Pepper contains capsaicin (an active inhibitor of neuropeptide) which is effective for treating sensory nerve fiber disorders, arthritis pain, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy. This potent ingredient delays the onset of arthritis.
  • Improve Digestion: Cayenne Pepper is an excellent digestive aid as it stimulates the digestive system. It ensures adequate production of enzymes and gastric juices that help in metabolizing food.
  •  Improve Heart health: It normalizes blood pressure levels and improves the functioning of the heart. It helps the body in getting rid of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Cayenne pepper helps the body to dissolve fibrin that is responsible for forming blood clots and protects the heart from attacks and strokes.
  • Clear Congestion: Capsacin is a vital ingredient of Cayenne pepper that helps in reducing pain as well as stimulates secretions that help in clearing mucus from congested lungs and stuffy nose. Most cold remedies contain a compound similar to capsaicin for clearing congestion but capsacin works faster to provide relief from congested lungs.
  • Increase Immunity: Cayenne pepper contains a high level of pro-vitamin A or Beta-carotene which is popularly known as an anti-infection vitamin. Two teaspoons of Cayenne contain 47% of daily requirement of vitamin A which protects the body against harmful pathogens.
  • Anti- Bacterial: As an anti-inflammatory agent, Cayenne pepper  helps to relieve many forms of allergies. Cayenne has been used as a poultice to treat rheumatism, lumbago, wounds, sores and snake bites. 
  • Toothache: Cayenne combats oral problems including gum diseases and tooth related problems. Moreover, it helps in the production of saliva that contributes to good oral health apart from aiding in digestion.

 

 

What is the recommended dosage of Cayenne per day?

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, one can take 30-120 mg of Cayenne pepper one to three times a day. Cayenne tea can be made by combining one cup of hot water with ½ to 1 teaspoon of cayenne powder. This concoction can be consumed up to 3 times per day. Topical Cayenne creams should be used 3-4 times per day.

 

 

What are the side-effects of Cayenne?

Cayenne has many potential effects due to the presence of phytochemicals and minerals. However, an overdose of Cayenne may damage the kidneys and liver and cause internal bleeding leading to anemia. Cayenne pepper may cause gastrointestinal upset due to the presence of capsaicin which produces higher level of hydrochloric acid in the stomach causing pain in the lower digestive tract, vomiting and heartburn. People suffering from digestive disorders should avoid taking cayenne as it may worsen their condition. Cayenne is harmful to eyes and skin as it may cause redness, burning sensation and irritation. When used as a topical application cayenne may prove to be a counter-irritant, producing local irritation though it distracts the brain from the original painful area. In case of any contact with the eye or sensitive skin, the area should be washed immediately with cold water to prevent any rash, redness or burning sensation. Cayenne may produce allergic reaction in some which may prove to be fatal. Symptoms of an allergy include vomiting, swelling of throat, difficulty in breathing and hives. According to studies undertaken by the University of Maryland Medical Center, those who have an allergy for avocado, kiwi, banana, latex or chestnuts are likely to be allergic to cayenne.

 

 

Where can I get Cayenne Pepper?

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