Facts about Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne Pepper is originally from Central and South America.
Christopher Colombus brought the cayenne pepper over to Europe with him in the 15th Century.
Cayenne Pepper is a popular spice that is used in many styles of cooking.
People have used this spice for thousands of years for medicinal purposes.
Capsaicin is an ingredient in cayenne pepper that gives it its medicinal property.
The more capsaicin is in cayenne pepper the hotter it gets.
1). The capsaicin in cayenne pepper has a small effect in boosting one's metabolism. But if it is used on a regular basis, it won't help because one's body will grow used to the pepper.
2). The capsaicin in cayenne pepper could help you eat less during the day thus curbing your hunger for food.
3). Capsaicin may help your digestive system thus reducing the risk of a stomach ulcer.
4). Cayenne Pepper is good to add to your diet. You can start by adding a pinch of it in your food.
5). Capsaicin has pain relief properties. It relieves pain by reducing the amount of substance P that your body produces.
Use Capsaicin as a skin cream for the following conditions:
- joint and muscle pain
- lower back pain
- pain after surgery
- pain from nerve conditions like shingles
1 Tablespoon of Cayenne Pepper has the following:
Fat: 1 gram
Carbs: 3 grams
Fiber: 1.4 grams
Protein: 0.6 grams
Vitamin A: 44% of RDI
Vitamin E: 8% of RDI
Vitamin C: 7% of RDI
Vitamin B6: 6% of RDI
Vitamin K: 5% of RDI
Manganese: 5% of RDI
Potassium: 3% of RDI
Riboflavin: 3% of RDI
Risks and Precautions
Do not put capsaicin cream on open wounds or broken skin.
Eating to much cayenne pepper can make you sick and can cause stomach aches.
Check with your doctor before using capsaicin cream if you are taking medication for high blood pressure or for blood thinners.
If you are concerned about it interfering with your meds check before using.
For most people is safe to use or to eat.
I made some skin cream out of my cayenne pepper when my hands hurt. It helped alleviate the pain. I also made some for my friends to try and they have asked me to make them more. So the cream does work.
When I have a cold, I make the cold recipe that you see below. It works for me. I hope you like it too.
Cough, Cold or Congestion Recipe:
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons water
Mix all the ingredients together. Take by the teaspoon. Keep in the fridge.
Mix 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper and 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar into a hot tea to clear your sinuses.