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What are the health benefits of cayenne pepper (capsicum)? the purported therapeutic benefits are almost too unbelieveable, but its reputation keeps growing among medical researchers as well as alternative health afficionados and deservedly so.
It can do everything from kill cancer cells in the prostate, lungs, and pancreas to immediately stop a heart attack within 30 seconds. Let's get into some of the specifics of capsicum benefits.
Fiercely hot and pungent cayenne pepper is one of the widely used spicy ingredients in many cuisines. Cayenne fruits are slender, elongated pods obtained from capsicum plant. Cayenne variety of chili pepper plant is native to central american region where it was used as a spicy ingredient in mexican cuisines for several thousand years.
Cayenne has many health benefits and can improve the absorption of other nutrients in foods. It has been shown to increase circulation and reduce the risk of heart problems. Though available in capsule form, it is also a great addition to many foods. In small amounts, it can be added to practically any dish, meat, vegetable or sauce. As tolerance to the spicy flavor increases, the amount added can be increased also.
This spicy pod was introduced to the rest of the world, especially in the indian subcontinent, by spanish and portuguese explorers during 16th and 17th centuries. They are now one of the important commercial crops in india, pakistan, china, argentina and usa.
Cayenne pepper is a perennial small shrub reaching about 90-100 cm in height. The plant prefers well drained sandy soil and warm climate.
Its woody stem with numerous branches is covered with thick dark-green foliage. Small creamy- white flowers cover all over the bush which subsequently develop into long, slender, glossy bright green color fruits (pods). The fruits finally attain mature status when they turn deep-red color. Interiorly, each cayenne fruit features numerous tiny, flat, disk-shaped, off-white or cream colored seeds.
The seeds are actually clinging to central situated white placenta. In general, the cayenne chili peppers are allowed to ripen completely in the plant and picked up by hand when they are matured and turned red. They are then left to dry, which causes them to shrivel. Cayenne chilies have a strong spicy taste that comes to them from the active alkaloid compounds' capsaicin, capsanthin and capsorubin. The hotness of cayenne is measured in ascoville heat unitsa (shu).
On the scoville scale, cayenne pepper has 30,000 to 50,000 shu. On comparison scale, bell peppers have "zero" shu.
Health benefits of cayenne peppersalthough inherently hot and intolerable even in small amounts, cayennes are one of the health-benefiting spice items packed with minerals, vitamins and certain phyto-nutrients.
It is no wonder this wonderful spice has been found a place in modern as well as in traditional medicines for its disease preventing and health promoting properties. Cayenne contains health benefiting alkaloid compound, capsaicin, which gives them strong spicy pungent character.
Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. When used judiciously it also found to reduce triglycerides and ldl cholesterol levels in obese individuals. Fresh cayenne peppers, red or green, are rich source of vitamin-c. 100 g fresh chilies provide about 76. 4 mg or about 127% of rda of this vitamin. Vitamin-c is a potent water soluble antioxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis in the body.
Collagen is one of the main structural protein inside the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin c helps the body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body. Cayenne chili peppers are perhaps the richest source of vitamin a among spices. Just 100 g of cayenne has 41,610 iu or astoundingly 1387% of vitamin a. Additionally, this prized spice is also home for anti-oxidant flavonoids such as carotenes, lutein, zea xanthin and cryptoxanthin.
Together, these antioxidants in cayenne help to protect the body from injurious effects of free radicals generated during stress, and disease conditions. The spice contains very high levels of essential minerals. Even if consumed in small quantities regularly would provide sufficient levels of iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium and selenium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Selenium is an anti-oxidant trace element required by the human body for smooth heart and liver functions.
100 g of cayenne peppers provides 2014 mg or 47% of a daily-required amount of potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte in the cells and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. It thus, counters the bad effects of sodium.
Cayenne peppers are also good in b-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin b-6), riboflavin and thiamin (vitamin b-1).
These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. B-complex vitamins facilitate cellular metabolism through various enzymatic functions.
Capsicum increases metabolism by immediately influencing the venous structure. It is nothing short of amazing with its effects on the circulatory system as it feeds the vital elements into the cell structure of capillaries, veins, arteries and helps adjust blood pressure to normal levels.
Yes, capsicum for high blood pressure is certainly one of its core uses, but capsicum cleans the arteries as well, helping to rid the body of the bad ldl cholesterol and triglycerides. Considering that heart disease is the number one killer in america, this is significant.
Many societies, especially those of the americas and china, have a history of using cayenne pepper therapeutically. A powerful compound with many uses, cayenne pepper is currently gaining buzz for cleansing and detoxifying regimes such as the master cleanse, which uses the spice to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity.
Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria.
Yes, the effect of capsicum upon your body is dramatic, even literally instant and no more so than with the heart.
Its benefits is one of the things that brought you to this article so now letas discuss the phenomenal healing properties of capsicum with the human heart.
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Anti-cold and flu agent
Cayenne pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus.
Once mucus begins to leave the body, relief from flu symptoms generally follows.

Anti-fungal properties
The results of one study indicated that cayenne pepper could effectively prevent the formation of the fungal pathogens phomopsis and collectotrichum.
This may be related to the pepperas ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brainas attention to the new site.

Following this initial pain reaction, the nerve fibers have a depleted substance p (the nerveas pain chemical), and the perception of pain is lessened.

Anti-allergen
Cayenne is an anti-agent and may even help relieve allergies.
Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid.
It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices.
This aids the bodyas ability to metabolize food (and toxins).
Cayenne pepper is also helpful for relieving intestinal gas.
It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.

Anti-redness properties
Cayenneas properties makes it a great herb for many chronic and degenerative conditions.
Cayenne stimulates the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and maintaining optimal oral health.
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Useful for blood clots
Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents factors that lead to the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
Cayenne is a known circulatory stimulant.
It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms.
By heating the body, the natural process of detoxification is streamlined.
Cayenne also causes us to sweat, another important process of detoxification.
Combined with lemon juice and honey, cayenne tea is an excellent morning beverage for total body detox.

Joint-pain reliever
Extremely high in a substance called capsaicin, cayenne pepper acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain.
Cayenne is an excellent preservative and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria.

Possible anti-cancer
Studies done at the loma linda university in california found that cayenne pepper may help prevent lung cancer in smokers [2].
This may be again related to cayenneas high quantity of capsaicin, a substance that might help stop the formation of tobacco-induced lung tumors.
Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in cayenneas resistance to liver tumors.

Supports weight loss
Scientists at the laval university in quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day.
Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.
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Promotes heart-health
Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized.
It also balances the body of ldl cholesterol and triglycerides.

Remedy for toothache
Cayenne is an excellent agent against tooth and gum diseases.


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