Most people complain when they eat something hot that their mouth feels like it is on fire. Some even suggest that they will “pay for it” the next day—as if it is like eating a fatty burger or greasy French fries. Before you request your server to “hold the heat,” you might want to consider that this fiery fire could actually be good for you. Cayenne can help with everything from gastrointestinal issues to blood pressure, ear infections, and even weight loss! It is also high in vitamin A, E, C, B6, K, and manganese. Just two teaspoons of cayenne pepper provide 47% of the daily value for vitamin A. Oh, and it just might stop a heart attack in its tracks!
Native Americans are no strangers to cayenne (commonly referred to as red pepper). They’ve been using this spicy little natural ingredient as both a food and as a stimulatory medicine for at least 9,000 years. Over the years it has become an important spice in many regional culinary styles including Cajun and Creole and in the cuisines of Southeast Asia, China, Southern Italy, and Mexico.
Cayenne has been used in the past in traditional Indian Ayurvedic, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean medicines as an oral remedy for a variety of ailments such as poor appetite and stomach and circulatory issues. It has also been used as a topical application for arthritis and muscle pain.
Today, you’ll find the substance that creates the spicy taste of the cayenne as an ingredient, capsaicin, in muscle relief oils and creams that help relieve pain accused by muscle aches, bruises, and even arthritis. It can be an effective topical pain reliever since capsaicin reduces the amount of the chemical that carries pain messages to your brain in your body. You feel pain relief when there is less of this substance in your body because the pain messages no longer reach your brain.1
In addition to pain relief, some studies have shown that cayenne may also help with weight loss. Cayenne supplements seem to help with suppressing appetite or helping you feel full. In research published in the 2008 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry, it was discovered that capsaicin consumption increases the process by which cells convert energy into heat. This may help you lose weight as it increases your body temperature and your metabolism.2 So welcome the heat as you munch down on a hot taco, all that heat takes energy and calories to produce!
Cayenne is also helpful for various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including temporary constipation by stimulating peristalsis (a reason that Jon Barron uses it in his Colon Corrective formula), upset stomachaches, cramping, and gas. And if you think that it will contribute to an ulcer, the reverse is actually true. Cayenne can actually prevent an ulcer by killing the H. pylori bacteria you may have ingested that leads to ulcer in the first place.3 Cayenne will also stimulate the cells lining the stomach to secrete protective buffering juices that prevent ulcer formation. However, if you already have an ulcer, you may experience some discomfort so you want to proceed with caution.
Cayenne is also extremely beneficial for the circulatory system, helping to improve the elasticity of the walls of both the arterial and venous systems, maintaining normal blood platelet function, and working to help maintain normal blood pressure already within a normal range throughout the body.
And research has now proven what natural healers have claimed for years that cayenne can halt a heart attack. In fact, the researchers even went beyond what natural healers thought. They found that you don’t have to take the cayenne internally–even using cayenne on the skin can halt a heart attack in midstream.4
The researchers found that ordinary, over-the-counter pain salve which contains capsaicin rubbed on the skin during a heart attack acts as a cardiac protectant which can decrease and even stop damage to the heart—reducing cardiac cell death by 85%. That would make cayenne/capsaicin the strongest cardio-protective ever recorded.
One thing to note about cayenne is that the hotter the chili pepper, the more capsaicin it contains, which is the key ingredient associated with relief from arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetic neuropathy. Capsaicin also stimulates secretions that help clean mucus from a stuffy nose or congested lungs. In fact, it works even faster than similar compounds found in many cold remedies today. One common preparation used for sore throat or any cold is a tea made with cayenne, lemon juice, and honey. In fact, any good anti-pathogen formula should contain cayenne or habanero (which trumps cayenne since it is a hottest variety of chili pepper and contains the most capsaicin).
Because of the direct health benefit of cayenne, you should talk to your doctor and monitor any medications that thin the blood, lower blood sugar levels, treat asthma, or reduce stomach acid, as using cayenne may require to lower your medication dosage. Cayenne in food is safe during pregnancy, but nursing women should not take high doses of cayenne in a pill form since it does pass into the breast milk. Ouch!
Try it . Have a hot and spicy meal, but don’t overdo it!
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