Cayenne pepper was first discovered several thousand years ago in Central and South America. In the 15th and 16th centuries, Cayenne peppers grew in popularity in other regions of the world. Many people enjoy hot and spicy foods, and will often put a dash or two of Cayenne pepper into their meals. Little do people know, there are many health benefits of Cayenne pepper. It is a great source of vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, and vitamin K. It is also a great source of dietary fiber and manganese.
Cayenne pepper has benefits towards the heart, in that it is rich in potassium and organic calcium. Calcium is necessary for maintaining a regular heartbeat, meanwhile potassium helps to maintain normal heart function. Cayenne pepper is effective when used to fend off heart attacks. It has been known to reduce high cholesterol and has also been known to help dissolve fibrin. Fibrin is what causes blood clots to form.
Another of the health benefits of Cayenne pepper is that it can relieve and prevent ulcers, due to the capsaicin that is found in it. This can help stimulate the flow of stomach secretions. Cayenne pepper is good for the digestion and can help with the removal of waste in the intestines. The peristaltic motion in the intestines is stimulated by the Cayenne pepper, making it easier to digest food and eliminate it through the waste. It has been said that Cayenne pepper can repair damaged stomach tissue.
Blood flow can be stimulated by taking Cayenne pepper and it can help with the distribution of vitamins. This can be helpful to fight off fatigue. Cayenne pepper is said to be able to lower blood pressure. It also has the ability to help with the pain of headaches by smelling the scent of it. A person can gargle Cayenne pepper when it is added to water to help with a sore throat.
One of the many health benefits of Cayenne pepper is that it has the ability to provide immunity from certain infections of the body. This is done by providing healthy mucous membranes in the passages in the nose, in the lungs, and in the urinary tract. Cayenne pepper helps to boost the immune system. It is loaded with vitamin A which can help protect against disease and sickness.
Cayenne pepper contains beta carotene, that works as an antioxidant. It helps to prevent damage done to cells in the body by free radicals. This is a helpful way to prevent certain types of cancer, such as colon cancer. Cayenne pepper has the ability to suppress appetite, therefore making it helpful in losing weight.
Cayenne pepper it is used to alleviate muscle cramping, allergies, as well as aiding in the healing of scar tissue. Cayenne pepper is said to be a counter irritant, in that it brings the blood to the surface of the skin, and allows the blood toxins to be eliminated. It can also give you more energy to help you get through the day.
Another health benefit of Cayenne pepper is it has the ability to help with congestion. By adding it to a hot cup of tea, it will help clear the sinuses of mucus. This is especially good when suffering from a bad cold or from the flu.
Temporary relief of pain due to toothache, psoriasis, neuralgia, and herpes zoster can be had by adding Cayenne pepper to your diet. The effectiveness of other herbs can be enhanced by using Cayenne pepper along with them.
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