Cayenne pepper is a member of the Capsicum family. The red or green chili pepper are used to add spicy flavor to foods . Cayenne contains vitamins E, C, K, carotenoids and the complete B complex. It is a source of calcium, potassium, manganese, and dietary fiber.
The health benefits of the Cayenne pepper are:
Improves blood circulation, stimulating the blood making sure the vitamins and minerals are properly delivered to all areas and ensures the waste is expelled. Research proves that taking cayenne extract can assist in preventing the formation of blood clots. Triglyceride levels are also reduced. Applying cayenne pepper causes irritation in the applied area, thus helping to distract the nerves from joint pains due to arthritis. A diet with cayenne pepper helps to avoid stomach aches, gas, and cramps. Also it stimulates the flow of stomach secretions and saliva. As it stimulates secretions it helps clear mucus from the sinuses. Tea mixed with cayenne pepper is believed to be good for treating conditions of cold and flu. Smelling cayenne helps to cure headaches. Cayenne pepper is a source of beta-carotene, which helps reduce asthma symptoms.
When added to food it helps you lose weight with proper digestion. It also reduces excess appetite due to inefficient absorption of nutrients. The beta-carotene found in cayenne pepper works as a good antioxidant that prevents or repairs the damage caused by free radicals. So it helps prevents atherosclerosis and colon cancer.
We should be careful using too much cayenne because of burning sensations in your stomach, but it has numerous benefits that should be taken into consideration. Just taking it daily, even at the very least one warm glass of 1/4th a teaspoon is certainly going to give you tremendous benefits. Side effects also include sweating, flushing and runny nose. It is unsafe to take orally in large doses or for long periods of time, and in rare cases can lease to more serious side effects like liver or kidney damage. Everything in moderation is a good motto.