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20 Cayenne Pepper Benefits For Your Health

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Cayenne pepper is world-renowned for being a key ingredient in spicy dishes.  And in recent years, it has added the title of “healthy supplement” to its resume.

Several different research studies have proven that capsaicin, the main active compound in cayenne pepper, contains several components that can benefit your health in several different ways.

It is a rich source of many minerals and vitamins e.g. Vitamin A, B complex, C as well as potassium and calcium.

Below, you’ll find a list of the top twenty health benefits cayenne pepper provides your body on a daily basis.

Top 20 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

1. Prevents migraine headaches.

When consumed, cayenne pepper depletes Substance P, a neurotransmitter that transmits pain impulses to the brain, which helps relieve migraine headaches.

2. Aids digestion.

Capsaicin is believed to stimulate your body’s digestive tract and help cure peptic ulcers by secreting specific acids, both of which help aid digestion.

3. Helps produce saliva.

Cayenne pepper stimulates your body’s production of saliva.  And saliva is essential to maintain a healthy digestive system and promoting oral health.

4. Supports detoxification.​

Cayenne stimulates your body’s circulatory system. It also causes you to sweat. Both are important processes in body detoxification.

5. Has antimicrobial properties.

Cayenne pepper is a fantastic food preservative that prevents food contamination – essential for staying healthy.

6. Supports weight loss.

A study by the National Institutes of Health found that approximately a half-teaspoon of cayenne pepper helped young adults burn 10 more calories in a four-hour period.

7. Helps relieve cold and flu symptoms.

Cayenne helps break down mucus build-up in the body. Once that happens, relief from cold and flu symptoms tends to occur more rapidly.

8. Contains anti-fungal properties.

Cayenne pepper contains properties that are active against sixteen different fungal strains and disrupts their membrane integrity.

9. Helps prevent blood clots.

It is believed that capsaicin can clear away clot-causing lipid deposits and help dilate your body’s arteries and blood vessels.

10. Relieves joint pain.

Cayenne pepper relieves joint pain in two ways: 1) by triggering endorphin release when taken orally and 2) by blocking signals to your brain’s joint pain receptors.

11. Treats cluster headaches.

Much like with treating migraine headaches, the capsaicin in cayenne depletes the nerve terminals of Substance P.

12. Treats psoriasis.

The topical application of capsaicin to psoriasis-affected areas can help reduce itching, reddening, and other psoriasis-related symptoms.

13. Treats toothaches and gum disease.

The increased production of saliva and depleted amounts of Substance P caused by cayenne pepper consumption treat both toothaches and gum disease.

14. Promotes heart health.

Cayenne pepper has been linked with improved blood pressure, better blood circulation, and blood clot prevention – all of which are key components to a healthier heart and cardiovascular system.

15. Is a possible anti-cancer agent.

The Journal of Cancer Research published a study in which 80% of human prostate cancer cells (grown in mice) “committed suicide” after being introduced to a capsaicin extract.

16. Has anti-irritant properties.

Cayenne has been linked with treating symptoms such as upset stomach, diarrhea, coughing, ulcers, and more.

17. Has anti-allergen properties.

In addition to breaking up mucus, cayenne also stimulates the body’s sinuses, effectively treating allergy-related symptoms by decreasing congestion.

18. Has anti-redness properties.

Thanks to cayenne’s influence on improved circulatory function, it has been found to help reduce redness in certain parts of the body.

19. Is a topical remedy for various conditions.

Cayenne has been linked with being an effective topical remedy for symptoms such as snakebites, open wounds and sores, rheumatoid arthritis pain, and more.

20. Relieves musculoskeletal and neurological pain.

Research has found that capsaicin cream can reduce postsurgical neuropathic pain in cancer survivors and is an effective alternative treatment for musculoskeletal and neurological pain.

The article was updated on 21.02.2017

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2 comments
Rachael says March 16, 2016

So helpful for a Project such as a QPA (Quarter Project Assement)

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    Healthy News 24 says March 17, 2016

    Hi Rachael,
    Thanks you like it.

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