Cayenne chili peppers are closely related to jalapeño chili peppers – belonging to the same genus “Capsicum”and coming from a similar cultivar of Capsicum annuum.
Cayenne pepper played a very important role in Native American medicine and cuisine for thousands of years.
In addition, the chili has been used in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines to help treat circulatory problems and increase appetite.
What gives the chili its spiciness is the active ingredient capsaicin, which is commonly used for the treatment of aches and pains of the muscles and joints.
Cayenne is rich in capsaicin. The pepper also contains vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, manganese, and flavonoids (which give the chili its antioxidant properties).
The potential health benefits of cayenne include:
Capsaicin – a compound found in cayenne peppers may have pain-relieving properties, according to a systematic review of topical capsaicin for the treatment of chronic pain published in the British Medical Journal.
Burning calories and suppressing appetite
A research suggests that consuming just half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper along with a meal can help suppress appetite and burn calories.3
The results of the research revealed that those who mixed cayenne pepper with their food burned an additional 10 calories four hours after eating their meal compared to those who did not add cayenne.
A double-blind study that evaluated the topical application of capsaicin in treating psoriasis revealed that it can significantly improve itching and other symptoms associated with psoriasis.
Treating cluster headaches
Topical application of capsaicin may help treat cluster headaches.
A study found that capsaicin can desensitise sensory neurons by depleting the nerve terminals of substance P – a neuropeptide associated with inflammatory processes and pain. The authors of the study concluded: “these results indicate that intranasal capsaicin may provide a new therapeutic option for the treatment of this disease.”
Cayenne pepper powder and weightloss benefits:
Celebrity Lose Weight: All that heat you feel after eating hot chili peppers takes energy–and calories to produce. Even sweet red peppers have been found to contain substances that significantly increase thermogenesis (heat production) and oxygen consumption for more than 20 minutes after they are eaten.
On average Capsicum will burn an extra 200 calories off from your usual exercise regime. This means that, for instance, if you burn 500 calories on a fast walk or maybe on a run or on an exercise bike by taking one of these capsules 30-40 minutes before that exercise you will actually burn off 700 calories. If you do not exercise then simply take one of these capsules first thing in the morning with water and you will burn calories and speed up your metabolic rate.
Today cayenne is used worldwide to treat a variety of health conditions, including poor circulation, weak digestion, heart dieas, chronic pain, sore throats, headaches and toothache.Cayenne is the greatest herbal aid to circulation and can be used on a regular basis!