17 Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

medicinal herbsAncient societies, particularly those of the Americas and China, have consistently used cayenne pepper therapeutically.

A powerful anti-inflammatory, cayenne pepper is currently all-the-rage for cleansing and detoxifying regimes such as the Master Cleanse, which uses the spice’s health boosting properties to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity in the body.

Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of diseases and ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria.

The list below will expound upon more of the many health benefits of cayenne pepper.

1. Anti-Irritant Properties

Cayenne has the ability to ease stomach upset, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs as well as diarrhea.

2. Anti-Cold & Flu Agent

When you have a cold or flu, cayenne pepper helps break up congested mucus and gets it moving. Once the mucus starts to leave your body, you will get some relief from many of the flu symptoms you may be experiencing.

3. Anti-Fungal Properties

The results of one study indicated that cayenne pepper could effectively prevent the formation of the fungal pathogens phomopsis and collectotrichum.

4. Migraine Headache Prevention

Many naturopaths have known of the health benefits of cayenne pepper, especially for migraine symptoms. This may be related to the pepper’s ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brain’s attention to the new site. Following this initial pain reaction, the nerve fibers have a depleted substance P (the nerve’s pain chemical), and the perception of pain is lessened.

5. Anti-Allergen

Cayenne is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent and may even help relieve allergies.

6. Digestive Aid

This spice is a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This, in turn, aids the body’s ability to metabolize the food (and toxins) we take into the system. Cayenne pepper is also a wonderful medicinal herb for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.

7. Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Cayenne’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great herb for arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis and herpes-related nerve damage.

8. Helps Produce Saliva

Cayenne stimulates the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and maintaining optimal oral health.

9. Prevents & Treats Blood Clots

Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.

10. Detox Support

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.

11. Join-Pain Reliever

Extremely high in a substance called capsaicin, cayenne pepper acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which in turn sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain.

12. Anti-Bacterial Properties

Cayenne is an excellent food-preserver and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria.

13. Possible Anti-Cancer Agent

Studies done at the Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper can prevent lung cancer in smokers. This may be again related to cayenne’s high quantity of capsaicin, a substance that can stop the formation of tobacco-induced lung tumors. Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in cayenne’s ability to inhibit liver tumors.

14. 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.

15. Improves Heart-Health

Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized. It also rids the body of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

16. Remedy for Toothache

Cayenne is an excellent agent against tooth and gum diseases.

17. Topical Remedy

As a poultice, cayenne has been used to treat snakebites, rheumatism, inflammation, sores, wounds and lumbago

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  1. Bashir says

    I have been taking cayenne pepper for last 6 years and do admit that its beneficial properties are enormous.

    No harm noticed.

  2. Cavo Papas says

    To David Hyers: It is not easy. But step by step start EATING HOT PEPPERS. The most the better. They taste good too.

  3. John Lightbourn says

    Is it pepper with everything then, or what. Maybe you could do a follow up article on how t take it, please??????????6

  4. m.c. says

    Dr group, Thank you so much for Raising Awareness of the Benefits of Cayenne Pepper, I was always told it was Good for you, but was not Aware of All the Benefits of it, I use it instead of Ordinary Pepper, and i Just Love it, I also know of Some-one else that takes a Spoonful of it Everyday, Regards, Margaret

  5. Anonymous says

    I have been using an encapsulated (00 size caps ) powder I grind from home-grown hot mini chili peppers as a prophylaxis against G.I. problems when traveling sourh of the border. Never once got sick. 8 to 12 caps a day while in Latin America does me fine. Keeps the creepy-crawlers away!
    Jim Kennedy

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  7. Amritlal says

    OK a very good article. When I ask my grocer about cayenne pepper, he is amazed. Can any one tell me which particulr pepper is called Cayenne pepper. There are several types of red pepper in powder form is available. How can one distinguish cayenne pepper?
    How do one take cayenne pepper?
    Replies to my email addreswsw wilol be highly appreciated.

    From: A H H.

  8. Rett says

    Great article. I’m know about the benefits of cayenne for years and it was wonderful to see another reaffirmation of this wonderful spice.

  9. Anonymous says

    i wake up every morning and dissolve about half a teaspoon of organic cayenne in a small amount of warm water. a great way to start the day!!! shoot it back and get a move on!

  10. RLV says

    I learned to take it raw, unheated in water. Start with 1/4 tsp or less, if you are scared. :) put it into about 2 oz. cool water and stir briskly until all the powder is in suspension with no bubbles or clumps. Quickly swallow, chug a lug, the mixture and follow with a full glass of cool water.

    The Cayenne only burns in the mouth and upper throat. Once below, it soothes; and I started it when I still had an ulcer. Now, some observations.

    If you take it at the first signs of a cold/flu you will awaken the next morning feeling as if you had a cold. If you miss out before retiring, you will have a cold/flu. At that point, the Cayenne can only help your breathing and give you strength to work.

    Remember, raw only, never heat it; it turns toxic if heated.

  11. meena says

    kindly educate how to use it in various ailment.All ur remedie should be zccompanied by the instructions of how to use them.

  12. Marjorie Leonard says

    Great article on Cayenne but it would be helpful if I could some specific ways to actually use. I really need it if it can do all of the things mentioned in the article.

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