By Twain Yobra
Adding cayenne pepper to your meal won’t just make it tasty, it’ll give you lots of health benefits. This herb has been used for thousands of years for medicinal and nutritional purposes.
Here are 15 health benefits of cayenne pepper.
1. Joint pain relief
The hot and spicy taste of cayenne is due to a substance called capsaicin, which can relief pain. In fact, pain relief creams and ointments for arthritis contain capsaicin. Cayenne can relieve pain when applied on the skin. And it can benefit people with arthritis and osteoarthritis.
2. Improve digestion
Cayenne pepper increases production of saliva. As you may know, saliva aids digestion and prevents bad breath. Additionally, cayenne increases flow of enzyme production, which also helps digestion.
3. Weight loss
Research shows that cayenne can suppress appetite and help increase satiety. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which reduce water retention and bloating.
4. Detoxifying the body
Cayenne improves circulation and reduces acidity in the body. It also helps the body remove toxins by improving digestive function.
5. Fight cancer
One study found that cayenne pepper lowered risk of lung cancer in smokers. These benefits were attributed to high levels of capsaicin.
6. Unclog stuffy nose
Sprinkling cayenne pepper on food will help unclog your nose. Cayenne improves the release of mucus and opens the airways.
7. Heart health
Cayenne pepper helps stabilize blood pressure levels and also reduces bad cholesterol. This will lower risk of heart disease.
8. Prevent blood clots
Blood clots can cause heart attacks and other cardiovascular diseases. Capsaicin helps expand the blood vessels and arteries, which ultimately lowers risk of blood clots.
9. Boost metabolism
Cayenne pepper boosts metabolism, which is another reason why it’s perfect for weight loss. But realize that increasing muscle mass is the best way to boost metabolism.
10. Relieve migraine pain
Cayenne doesn’t just reduce joint pain, it can relieve headaches and migraines. The pepper triggers pain in different parts which reverts brain’s attention from the headache.
11. Relieve toothache
The pain-fighting properties of cayenne pepper also make it great at eliminating toothaches.
12. Anti-Irritant properties
Cayenne pepper can prevent and help cure ulcers, diarrhea, sore throats and irritating coughs.
13. Prevent allergies
Cayenne pepper can prevent allergies due to its anti-inflammatory properties. If you have allergies of food intolerances start adding cayenne to your meals.
14. Improve psoriasis symptoms
This study found that capsaicin improved itching and other symptoms of psoriasis.
15. Lower blood sugar
One study found that diabetics who ate pepper, required less insulin to balance their blood sugar.