40,000 (Heat Units)
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
- Helps with Metabolism &
relief (upper abdominal discomfort or indigestion)*
- Anti-Cold and Flu*
- Helps with High Cholesterol*
- Helps with Blood Pressure*
- Digestive Aid*
- Helps with Allergies*
- Helps with Migraines*
- Reduces serum lipoprotein oxidation:*
- Helps to Produce Saliva*
- Shown Useful for Blood Clots*
- Detox Support*
- 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.
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
- 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 back pain.
Capsaicin not only gives this fiery herb its hot taste, but it
also promotes potent pain relieving
abilities, which may seem contradictory of its use.
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 break
down 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 propertiesby 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
Cayenne has also been touted for weight loss as
a few studies has 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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