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Why Putting Cayenne Pepper in Your Food Can Make You Healthier Than Ever

By on April 13, 2013
Milled and Fresh Cayenne Pepper

Spicy food doesn’t have to be reserved for toughies who think they’re cool or people who just can’t get enough spicy food in their diet.

One of the most frequently used spices to make our food hot is Cayenne pepper, but did you know there are a ton of healthy nutrients in this magical spice?

That’s right – potassium, calcium, beta carotene, B complex vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E and vitamin C, no wonder this “miracle spice” (as its often referred to) has been use all around the globe for centuries to heal a number of health issues.

If you’re someone who prefers going the natural route when healing yourself, read on for some of the best uses of Cayenne pepper to help improve your health.

Improve your heart health: Cayenne pepper has the proven ability the remove the icky plaque that clogs the heart’s arteries.

Yep, that’s right, Cayenne pepper can help clean your arteries. By putting as a spoon of Cayenne pepper in a cup of water each day, your heart will be healthier.

Cayenne pepper helps bring all the important nutrients to your heart, improves blood circulation by thinning the blood and it can remove toxins from the blood and can rebuild blood cells. Also, in addition to cleaning out your heart, Cayenne can also help get rid of bad cholesterol (LDL).

Calm digestive problems: It may seem like an oxymoron, but Cayenne pepper can help heal stomach and intestinal ulcers.

It’s helps digestive system because by stimulating the “peristatic” movement in the intestines. Also, Cayenne can also help with cramping, gas and acid reflux.

Hypertension be gone: As we get older, our blood pressure will invariably rise, but Cayenne pepper can help lower it by regulating the flow of blood from the head to the feet, helping to equalize blood pressure.

Cancer teatment:  Capsaicin, the main component of cayenne pepper, Capsaicin has been shown to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells in laboratory studies and rodents. [1]

Believe it or not, it does this by actually make the cancer cells kill themselves! [2]

And you don’t even have to eat it for it to be beneficial…

Capsaicin has also shown to have pain relieving affects in both women who had undergone mastectomies due to breast cancer and mouth sores that were the result of chemotherapy mouth sores caused by chemotherapy or radiation therapy.  [1]

Fight infections and reduce pain: If you have Athletes Foot, you can also use Cayenne for antifungal infections. Applying the spice directly to your skin is all you need to do.

Also, capsaicin can help dull the sensory nerves and help soothe pain that’s caused by arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.  Talk about a multi-use spice!

Now you understand why some people say cayenne pepper truly is a miracle spice!

From being able to help you lose weight by stimulating your metabolism to improving your heart health, the benefits of Cayenne pepper are many.

To increase the amount of Cayenne in your diet, try putting some in a salt shaker to add to everything and anything, from your coffee and hot chocolate, your morning eggs, meat marinade or a great spice addition to your favorite dips.

[1] http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/herbsvitaminsandminerals/capsicum

[2] http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2006-03/aafc-pch031306.php

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One Comment

  1. Kimbly

    November 30, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I have a spice bottle with equal parts cayenne and turmeric. This goes into my coffee, on sandwiches .. whatever I can mix it into and, yes, my drinking water, which I slurp through a straw (keeps me from coughing).
    This is way better than taking pain pills!
    The tolerance increases so does the amount I use. How much is too much?

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