There are hundreds of spices throughout the world. These spices have actually been a great part of world history as they are one of the reasons for the different explorations and eventually led to the discoveries of new land and nations.

One of the most popular spice is the cayenne pepper (capsicum annuum). It is known for a lot of names like chili pepper, paprika (for the sweet varieties), jalapenos, or chitlepin (for the spicy varieties). This spice has been known to the Aztecs in Mexico long before the Spanish invasion. Ever since Cristopher Columbus brought the seeds to Europe, cayenne pepper has been planted widely in Portuguese colonies in Africa, as well as in India and Asia, and now in almost all parts of the world.

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Aside from the spice and aroma it adds to the food that we cook, cayenne pepper is also believed to have health benefits. The Americans and Chinese and other societies have been using cayenne pepper in therapeutic treatments. It has been gaining attention because of the belief that it can cleanse and detoxify, as weel as to stimulate circulation and neutralize acidity.

Heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria are some of the mild health conditions that the cayenne pepper can treat.

Aside from giving remedy to these simple ailments, here are other health benefits that you can get from cayenne pepper.

Known to Be an Effective Anti-Cancer
Many studies have shown that cayenne pepper is a possible cure to cancer because of its substance called Capsaicin. It had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture. A study showed that capsaicin in cayenne pepper caused the cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide known as apoptosis. Another study conducted by Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper may prevent lung cancer in smokers. Researchers in Japan have also shown that cayenne pepper can dramatically slow the development of prostate tumors

Beneficial for Digestion
Well-known to be a digestive aid, cayenne pepper can help in digestion by stimulating the digestive tract, allowing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices, thus aiding to the body’s ability to turn food into fuel or energy. Cayenne pepper can also help in relieving intestinal gas by stimulating the peristaltic motion.

Helps in keeping your hearth healthy
Cayenne pepper helps in keeping one’s blood pressure normal. It also helps in balancing the body’s LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride.
Moreover, cayenne pepper can help in aiding blood clots, which can help reduce the chances of heart attack and stroke.

Helps you Detoxify
Because of the spicy and hot sensation it gives to the body, cayenne pepper can help you detoxify, and one way is through sweating. It can also help in increasing the pulse of the lymphatic and digestive rhythm, causing the proper circulation of blood.

Helps in good metabolism and weight loss
Cayenne pepper has the same effect as a boiled egg in the morning, which makes you feel fuller and eat lesser in the meals that will follow. Eating lesser can help you avoid absorbing lesser cholesterol.
Cayenne pepper can also help in your body’s metabolism by allowing the body to burn the extra fats in the body.

Relieves different kinds of irritation and pain
Cayenne pepper is known to ease an upset stomach, diarrhea, spasm, sore throat and irritating cough. It can also ease toothaches and other oral and gum problems that causes pain.
Because of the substance capsaicin, this spice offers relief from joint-pains.

Prevents the formation of fungi
A study showed that cayenne pepper can effectively prevent the growth of fungi, specifically phomopsis and collectotrichum.

It is an anti-cold and flu agent
Ever experienced having a runny nose after eating spicy food? Cayenne pepper has an effect in the body that allows the breakdown of mucus. This can also help you unclog and decongest your stuffy nose caused by colds.

Relieves you from head ache or migraine
The ability of cayenne pepper to ease pain in the body can also help in aiding migraine. Cayenne can cause temporary pain in other parts of the body, reverting the brain’s attention to another pain.

Helps in the production of saliva
When we eat spicy food, the tendency is that the salivary gland produces more saliva. More saliva means better digestion and better oral health

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