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*
- 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.
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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 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 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.
High Cholesterol: 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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