The Incredible Cayenne Pepper

Written By: Lisa Vankula Donovan - Jun• 14•11

What normally comes to mind when you hear the words Cayenne Pepper?  Perhaps hot, spicy dishes from Mexico or Italy?  Well, that’s only the tip of the iceberg when talking about this versatile spice.

Originating in Central and South America and the West Indies, this spice has traditionally been used in cooking but just as famously in healing as well, believe it or not.

Sound unbelievable?  Well, here are just a few of the interesting facts:

  • It has been scientifically proven to not only prevent heart disease but can actually halt a heart attack as it is happening.
  • Contrary to the belief that eating hot foods will cause stomach upset, cayenne can not only heal stomach ulcers, but essentially re-builds
    stomach tissue.
  • It equalizes the blood pressure; if it’s high, it lowers it and vice versa

Cayenne comes from what is commonly known as the red-hot chilli pepper.  The fruits of the pepper are first dried and then ground up to bake into cakes.  The last part of the process grounds the cakes into a powder and sifts it resulting in what we know as Cayenne Pepper.

So why haven’t we heard much about the multitude of benefits of this amazing herb? Well, according to the people at there’s just no money in it for the big pharmaceutical companies.

“…why sell a cholesterol-reducing drug when you can just take cayenne pepper and it will do the same while also removing plaque from your arterial walls? Needless to say, it’s clearly because cholesterol drugs like Lipitor make billions of dollars for their makers.”

When you consider that you can buy loose cayenne powder for around $15 a pound or buy pre-capsuled cayenne for around $20 per 60 tabs, it certainly makes sense to at least contemplate the benefits.

Here are just a few:

  • Scientifically proven to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells alone
  • Improves circulation
  • Effective in the treatment of arthritis (creams are available)
  • Reduces cholesterol levels
  • Aids in digestion by stimulating saliva and gastric juices to break down food
  • Removes toxins from the blood stream
  • Improves overall heart health

Perhaps among one of the more interesting benefits is its ability to help control appetite and weight.  Studies have shown that a diet rich in
cayenne and other peppers is associated with a lower occurrence of obesity.

When ingested cayenne creates in the body what is known as thermogenesis or heat production.  This heat production causes lipid oxidation,
or in layman’s terms, fat burning.  Studies have also shown that the intake of red pepper can suppress the appetite.

So with all of this remarkable information about cayenne now on hand, you are probably wondering what is the best way to take it.

There are a few ways but it really depends on you and your tolerance to taste and heat.  A nice daily concoction, if you can stomach it, is to take ¼ teaspoon cayenne powder dissolved in a warm (not hot) cup of green tea every other day. Taking the pepper in the warm drink actually opens up cell structure and sends it straight to the heart via the artery system but you can play around with different recipes to find one that
suits you.

You can also buy pre-capsuled Cayenne at most pharmacies and health food stores.  The prices can vary a few dollars but is still relatively cheap to buy.  If you really want to do it even cheaper, you can buy the powdered cayenne and capsule it yourself.  Just be sure to wear gloves when doing it.  Also, just sprinkling the loose powder on your food can be very beneficial as well.

Editor’s Note: This information is not a substitute for medical advice.  Since cayenne pepper can sometimes increase the side effects of some medications, you should consult your doctor before taking it.

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