Guest Post: 8+ Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

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Author's Bio: Vanessa Tan is a Vietnamese-American author and MA in English literature. She is a health article writer who has written many articles/online journals on home remedies and natural health. She strong believes that majority of diseases can be cured with natural home remedies. Check her out at the website or her Facebook page.

Cayenne pepper is fiercely pungent and hot, which is one of the most common spicy ingredients in our kitchen. It is often used in powdered and whole form in various cuisines, especially in south-western American and Mexican cuisine. In many societies, particularly those of the Americas or China, cayenne pepper is used therapeutically. Cayenne pepper contains an active compound named capsaicin which brings the heat to the table. In fact, capsaicin is the major what attributes to the benefits of cayenne pepper. Also, it consists of vitamin A, B6, C, E, manganese, potassium, iron, copper, and a few flavonoids, providing its great antioxidant properties. If you regularly use a small amount of cayenne pepper every day, it is very beneficial for your health. Here are 9 benefits of cayenne pepper for health and beauty.

1. It Relieves Muscle And Joint Pain

Thanks to the compound capsaicin with its anti-inflammatory properties, cayenne pepper can help lessen pain and inflammation. Also, it relieves the activation of the pain transmitters of the brain, helping reduce the pain. Be it tender muscles or achy joints, this spice is very effective. However, do not use cayenne pepper on irritated or broken skin.

2. It Cures Sore Throat

When it comes to benefits of cayenne pepper, healing sore throat is a lesser-known one. Capsaicin works as a natural decongestant to offer relief from inflammation and even take control of mucus production within the nasal passages. Furthermore, it is beneficial in eliminating the infection causing germs.
3. It Helps Prevent Blood Clots
Capsaicin works as a natural antioxidant and aids in dilating blood vessels to ensure proper blood flow in your organs and body as well. Even, it encourages fibrinolytic activity and naturally prevents the factors leading to blood clot formation.
If the blood circulation is proper, the risk of developing blood clots and some heart problems will be decreased. Besides, capsaicin is also helpful in reducing low-density lipoproteins (LDL, also known as “bad” cholesterol) and triglycerides. They are two main risk factors of heart disease. Using cayenne pepper also helps lower the blood pressure level and remove blockages in veins and arteries.

4. It Aids In Losing Weight

You can take advantage of cayenne pepper to reduce your appetite. It also means less caloric intake, helping you lose weight faster.
Moreover, also known as a natural metabolic booster, this spicy ingredient helps the human body excess fat more rapidly. It is beneficial in supporting the absorption of nutrition and digestion, contributing to maintain a healthy weight. You just need to add a half of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper to your daily breakfast smoothie or juice in order to suppress your appetite and burn further calories.
5. It Accelerates Detoxification
Apart from weight loss, cayenne pepper is also good for detoxification, which in turn will help your body be protected from common diseases. Detoxification will assist your liver as well as gallbladder to remove harmful toxins within your body. Because cayenne is a natural circulatory stimulant, it can increase your body temperature and kick-starts your metabolism to operate the detoxification process. In addition, it also activates your sweat glands, one of important factors in detoxification.

6. It Is Thought To Help Prevent Cancer

One of the most powerful benefits of cayenne pepper is cancer preventing. It might help prevent cancer of the liver, lungs, prostate, skin and breast. This benefit is attributed to capsaicin, which induces the cancer cells to kill them in the process named apoptosis.

7. It Helps Relieve Headache And Migraine Pain

It does not matter that you are suffering from a migraine, tension or cluster headache, you could decrease the pain by using cayenne pepper. The capsaicin has healing and pain-relief powers. It is extremely effective for those with migraines because it reduces t he platelet aggregation factor responsible for the occurrence of migraine headaches by constricting the blood circulation in the head.

8. It Fights Off Common Cold

Using cayenne pepper will assist you in relieving common cold. It works as an anti-flu and cold agent, and supplies fast relief from common flu and cold symptoms, especially congestion.
Additionally, the fiery effect of this spice helps in stimulating secretions, thereby relieving blocked sinuses and nasal congestion. Even, it induces sneezing to help remove the mucus as well as allergens within your sinuses.

9. It Promotes Oral Health

The last but not least important benefit of cayenne pepper is improving oral health. It is a wonderful agent for improving oral health and also preventing gum disease ranging from gingivitis to periodontitis. Cayenne pepper could deal with some common oral problems, such as swollen gums, bad breath, a toothache, dry mouth or bleeding gums.

Due to anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, cayenne pepper helps reduce swelling and pain of the gums.

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