Top 10 Natural health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

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I actually thought that almost everybody were aware of the numerous health benefits of Cayenne pepper, until a friend surprised me today. While we were cooking, he told me that the Cayenne pepper is only for spicing the food and has no nutritional value. This prompted me to come up here to write this post.
Natural health benefits of Cayenne pepper
Cayenne Pepper




Can you imagine eating a meal with no spices? I guess the food would be tasteless. The Cayenne pepper  which is one of the most common spices used in cooking is among the most commonly cultivated plant  in the world.

Botanically called Capsicum annuum, it has  varieties of names which includes Guinea spice,African chili,Aleva,Bird pepper and so on.

You may wonder why it's called bird's pepper. The reason is simply that birds love to eat Cayenne pepper. Isn't that strange? I think that should already tell you that the Cayenne pepper is very important. One would expect that it's peppery taste(actually called piquancy) will deter the birds from eating.
The bright colour of the Cayenne pepper is the first good thing to attract birds. Another, is that the tip of the Cayenne pepper is not so hot or peppery as people think.

Now lets look at the Top Natural health Benefits of Cayenne pepper.

Pain Reliever
The pepperiness(piquancy) from Cayenne pepper comes from a substance called Capsaicin which is sometimes used as pain reliever. Capsaicin has been extracted and synthesized and used as an analgesic in topical ointments,nasal sprays(Sinol-M) and dermal patches to relieve pain,typically in concentrations between 0.0025% and 0.25%

Improves Blood Circulation 
Cayenne pepper is good for the heart and circulatory system and can be a lifesaver in the event of a heart attack
Using Cayenne pepper regularly in your food or drink will improve your heart health as well as your venous structure.
It benefits the circulatory system in that it feeds the necessary elements into cell structure of the arteries,veins, and capillaries so that these regain the elasticity of youth again and the blood pressure comes to normal. It also reduces the level of cholesterol and triglycerides in the circulatory system. Thus helping to prevent heart diseases.
Mix about a quarter of a teaspoon Cayenne pepper in a glass of warm water; then drink it. Don't worry it won't harm you.

Anti-fungal and Anti-bacterial 
Another benefit of the Cayenne pepper is it's anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Cayenne pepper's anti fungal properties are significant although it is not a primary health benefit.
Research has shown that the Cayenne pepper is active against  Phomopsis and Collectotrichum, both fungal pathogens.
Cayenne pepper has also been effective in killing bacteria. Therefore protecting us from some bacterial infection.

Heals Intestinal Ulcers
Cayenne pepper rebuilds the tissue in the stomach and heals intestinal ulcers by equalizing blood circulation. Does that sound strange? You know we always think that Cayenne pepper is bad for Ulcer patients. The reverse is supposed to be the case because Cayenne pepper shouldn't be excluded from the diet of an ulcer patients for the same reason pointed out above.

Preventing Constipation and Indigestion
Cayenne pepper stimulates the peristaltic movement of the intestines. Thus, preventing constipation.
Cayenne pepper inmproves food digestion. It increases the production of gastric juice. It helps solve the problem of indigestion and poor appetite.

Helps In Wound Healing
Cayenne pepper can be used to treat wound, sores, including diabetic sores. It helps wound healing with minimal scar tissue.
Simply mix half e teaspoon of powdered Cayenne pepper  in half glass of warm water and use to wash the sore before bandaging it.

Endowed with Nutrients
Cayenne is very high in Vitamin A. It also contains Pyridoxine(Vitamin B6), Vitamin E, Vitamin C,Riboflavin,Potassium and Manganese, which makes it highly nutritious.

Helps you lose Weight
Capsaicin which in Cayenne pepper helps suppress yourvappetite while eating. Thus, it prevents you from over-eating and helps check weight.
In animal studies, Capsaicin has the ability to boost metabolism, which increases energy expenditure, which in turn leads to weight loss.

Cayenne Pepper is A Counter-irritant
It does this by producing inflammation in superficial tissues to relieve pain or inflammation in deeper organs.
It brings blood to the surface and allows the toxins to be taken away from these tissues.

Fights Cancer
The Capsaicin present in Cayenne pepper has anti-cancerous properties. It helps in killing Cancer cells. It is very effective for preventing the Cancer of the Pancreas.

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