Capsicum, also known as red pepper or chili pepper, is an herb. Many
countries have a history of using cayenne pepper therapeutically. This
powerful compound has many uses such as cleansing and detoxifying as seen
in the Master Cleanse that is so popular and uses cayenne to stimulate
circulation as well as neutralizing acidity. But cayenne studies are
showing all kinds of other possible benefits.*
Here are just a few of the possible benefits:
Shown to Support Weight Loss*
- Helps with Metabolism & Fat Oxidation*
- Dyspepsia relief (upper abdominal discomfort or indigestion)*
Anti-Cold and Flu*
Helps with High Cholesterol*
Helps with Blood Pressure*
Helps with Allergies*
Helps with Migraines*
Reduces serum lipoprotein oxidation:*
Helps to Produce Saliva*
Shown Useful for Blood Clots*
Joint Pain Relieving*
Helps with Arthritis*
Heart Health Properties*
A few studies suggest that cayenne supplements may help suppress appetite
and help people feel full. But not all studies agree, and many have looked
at cayenne or capsaicin combined with other ingredients, making it
impossible to tell whether capsaicin itself was responsible for any weight
loss. More studies are needed but this looks promising and reports in the
public are really good.
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How Cayenne Works:
Spicy peppers, which include cayenne peppers, cause the body temperature to
rise. When the body temperature rises it needs to be cooled, and you burn
more calories when the body is forced to go through a cooling process.
Though it may seem like the hotter and more frequently your body
temperature is high, the more you can boost your metabolism, you need to
moderate it to be effective. As you become more accustomed to spicy foods,
it may take more spice to raise your body temperature.
Capsaicin has powerful pain-relieving properties when applied to the skin.
It reduces the amount of substance P, a chemical that carries pain messages
to the brain, in your body. When there is less substance P, the pain
messages no longer reach the brain, and you feel relief. Capsaicin is often
recommended for the following conditions:
- Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as joint or muscle pain
from fibromyalgia or other causes.
- Nerve pain from shingles and other painful skin conditions (postherpetic
neuralgia) that happens even after the skin blisters have gone away.
Research is mixed. Check with your doctor to see if trying capsaicin
ointment is right for you.
- Pain after surgery, such as a mastectomy or an amputation.
- Pain from nerve damage in the feet or legs from diabetes called diabetic
peripheral neuropathy. However, capsaicin doesn't seem to work for
peripheral neuropathy from HIV.
- Low back pain. Several studies suggest capsaicin cream can reduce lower
Capsaicin not only gives this fiery herb its hot taste, but it also
promotes potent pain-relieving abilities, which may seem contradictory of
It is often used to help ease the pain and inflammation associated with
arthritis, and to combat symptoms of bursitis, fibromyalgia, diabetic
neuropathy, cluster headaches, psoriasis, and shingles (nerve pain).
In one study, people who suffered from cluster headaches were instructed to
rub capsaicin inside their nostrils and outside their noses. In 5 days, 75%
reported reduced pain and fewer headaches. However, they also reported the
side effect of burning nostrils and runny noses for about a week!
Cayenne also holds a long-standing reputation as a digestive aid. When
taken orally, it is believed that cayenne has the ability to stimulate the
flow of saliva and stomach secretions (gastric juices).
Saliva helps break down carbohydrates through its enzyme properties, while
gastric juices contain acids and enzymes that further breakdown food and,
as such, helps in food digestion.
It has been used for various gastrointestinal tract conditions such as
alleviating cramps, stomachaches, and in relieving gas.
In addition, this fiery herb has shown to harbor ulcer fighting properties
by inhibiting the growth of H. Pylori, the bacteria that in many cases
cause stomach ulcers.
Many herbalists claim that cayenne benefits the heart and cardiovascular
system by reducing cholesterol levels as well as enhancing blood
circulation through the veins and arteries, and it discourages blood
clotting. However, more studies are needed to validate these effects.
Cayenne has also been touted for weight loss as a few studies have shown
that this powerhouse herb can help boost metabolism and induce the body to
burn off more fat.
According to an Australian research team published in the British Journal of Nutrition, cayenne pepper dilates blood vessels
and can lower cholesterol. Capsaicin causes LDL to resist oxidation for a
longer period, which reduces the risks of heart attacks, high blood
pressure, and stroke. Capsaicin also cleans the arteries, helping to flush
excess LDL cholesterol and fatty triglycerides.
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