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4 Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

By on September 23, 2015

4 Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

There are some foods, spices and herbs that simply get a great deal of attention because they are so beneficial to health. One of these is cayenne pepper.

You may have heard before that cayenne pepper is extremely healthful, but you may not know exactly everything it has to offer.

To give you a better idea of how good it is for you, let’s look at four different benefits you can gain from cayenne pepper.

Heart Health

Studies have shown how cayenne pepper can be very good for heart health. It even can reduce the chances of having a heart attack or stroke. That’s because it reduces atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and improves fibrinolytic activity, which means it helps keep your body from forming the blood clots that can cause heart attack, stroke, and other problems.

Detoxifying Power

As you may already know, you are exposed to toxins every single day. They come from the environment around you, chemicals you use for cleaning, chemicals in bath and body products, and additives in foods.

These toxins cause a variety of problems for your body, including leading to a variety of illnesses and conditions, due to inflammation. That’s because toxins cause low grade inflammation throughout your body. The best way to rid your body of these toxins is through detoxifying foods and practices. Cayenne pepper is a great detoxifier and you can combine it with lemon juice and honey for a detox beverage or you can use it in juices.

Possibly Lowering Risk of Cancer

While studies haven’t fully proven this, cayenne pepper could possibly lower your risk of cancer. One study did seem to point to it when smokers were looked into. Those who were given cayenne pepper regularly were at lower risk of developing lung cancer. There has also been some promising research that indicates cayenne pepper could prevent liver cancer as well. This could indicate that cayenne pepper could be useful for other types of cancer.

Easing Digestion

Many people know that cayenne pepper is a digestive aid, but some people may be surprised to hear this since they assume peppers of any type would upset the stomach. Cayenne pepper contains ingredients that can boost enzyme production and the production of gastric juices. It also removes toxins from the body. As a result, it can help the intestines work better and ensure digestive upset doesn’t have to continue.

Cayenne Pepper Juice Recipe 

Compliments of The Healthy Wife

  • 3 oranges, remove rind but keep a small piece to put in (more info below)
  • ginger, 1 inch piece
  • 1/4 of a lemon (rind removed)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Cayenne Pepper and Lemon Juice recipe
1/2 lemon squeezed
*If you don’t have fresh, used 2 tablespoons of “real lemon” or equivalent*
1/4 – 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (powder)
*If it’s your first time, start slow*
4 ounces water

Back to the Basics

This is only the beginning for cayenne peppers. You can enjoy a variety of other benefits like anti-allergens, joint pain relief, antibacterial properties, toothache remedy, and topical remedies for sores and wounds. Cayenne pepper certainly does deserve a space on your shelf, and the good thing about it is it can be used in a number of ways. It can be added to foods, mixed into juices, or added into water drinks for the mornings. Use cayenne pepper in the ways described and you will enjoy the health benefits of it sooner than you thought.

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About Lionel Correia

Lionel is a fitness enthusiast, juicing advocate, and serial entrepreneur. He loves real estate, but is even more passionate about health, wellness and a positive mindset. He’s a graduate of the University of Arizona and prides himself on establishing great habits because great habits lead to great results. His favorite workouts include, yoga, spin class, sprints on the track and resistance training. He believes that if you desire a strong healthy body, you must first build mental toughness because a healthy body requires a disciplined mind and great habits.

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