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 final 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 www.cayennepepper.info/, 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 dollars for half a kilo or buy pre-capsuled cayenne for around $20 per 60 tabs, it certainly makes sense to at least contemplate the benefits.
• 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.
As with green tea (spoken about in a previous article), 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 ingestion 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 to take it but it really depends on you and your tolerance to taste or heat. Personally I don’t want to use it for weight loss but I enjoy it for all of its heart serving properties, so I take a ¼ teaspoon dissolved in a warm (not hot) cup of green tea every other day. It can be a bit spicy but since taking it this way opens up the cell structure and sends it straight to the heart via the artery system, it serves the purpose I’m looking for. With heart disease being predominant in my family, I’m doing all I can, even if it means struggling through the odd tasting cup of tea.
You can also make the same concoction but add a tablespoon of honey to help with the taste. I have found that the honey almost overpowers the pepper and you usually just feel the effects from the heat and not the taste.
You can also buy pre-capsuled Cayenne at most chemists 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.