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19 benefits of Cayenne peppers
Transcript of 19 benefits of Cayenne peppers
Ancient societies, particularly those of the Americas and China, have consistently used cayenne pepper therapeutically.
A Mayan Shaman would pour warm water and cayenne pepper into the nose of someone suffering from a headache.
The origins of this herb, now used as food and medicine in most countries of the world, is uncertain. Cayenne was not mentioned in writings from ancient Egypt (1500 BC), Greece (455 BC to 50 BC), Rome (25 BC to 150 AD), Persia (13th century), India and China, so historians claim Cayenne peppers originated from the Americas, most likely from the banks of the Amazon.
It is impossible for modern botanists to say where cayenne grew in some ancient time as a wild plant, because it has been domesticated and widely cultivated for so many centuries. Thus, we are content today to enjoy its fruits without being sure of its true origin and much of its history, though it is likely that cayenne went to India and China as early as the 14th or 15th century, and began to be cultivated in Europe in the 16th century.
Cayenne pepper, by weight, is relatively high in vitamin A. It also contains vitamin B6, vitamin E, vitamin C, riboflavin, potassium and manganese. However, given the very small amount of cayenne pepper typically consumed in a serving, it makes a negligible contribution to overall dietary intake of these nutrients. Cayenne is used in cooking spicy dishes, as a powder or in its whole form (such as in Korean, Sichuan and other Asian cuisine), or in a thin, vinegar-based sauce. It is generally rated at 30,000 to 50,000 Scoville units.
The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat (or piquance) of a chili pepper. The number of Scoville heat units (SHU) indicates the amount of capsaicin present. Capsaicin is a chemical compound that stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin, especially the mucous membranes; capsaicin itself has a Scoville rating of 16,000,000 SHU.
The scale is named after its creator, American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville. His method, devised in 1912, is known as the Scoville Organoleptic Test.
The modern commonplace method for quantitative analysis uses high-performance liquid chromatography, making it possible to directly measure capsaicinoid content.
Cayenne pepper has been used for a variety of diseases and ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, menorrhagia, varicose veins, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever, diphtheria, diarrhoea, constipation, cholera and acne. It's even a great insect repellent!
Cayenne has the ability to ease stomach upset, ulcers, sore throats, spasmodic and irritating coughs and diarrhea.
1. Anti-irritant properties
When you have a cold or flu, cayenne pepper helps break up congested mucus and gets it moving. Once the mucus starts to leave your body, you will get some relief from many of the flu symptoms you may be experiencing.
2. Anti-Cold & Flu Agent
Its great for the garden.
The results of one study indicated that cayenne pepper could effectively prevent the formation of the fungal pathogens phomopsis and collectotrichum in plants.
3. Cool Anti-Fungal Properties
4. Migraine Headache Prevention
Many naturopaths have known of the health benefits of cayenne pepper, especially for migraine symptoms. This may be related to the pepper’s ability to stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body, thus reverting the brain’s attention to the new site. Following this initial pain reaction, the nerve fibres have a depleted substance P (the nerve’s pain chemical), and the perception of pain is lessened.
Cayenne is a wonderful anti-inflammatory agent and may even help relieve allergies.
Cayenne’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a great herb for arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis and herpes-related nerve damage.
6. Anti-Inflammatory Properties
7. Joint-Pain Reliever
The capsaicin in cayenne pepper acts to cause temporary pain on the skin, which in turn sends chemical messengers from the skin into the joint, offering relief for joint pain. A drop directly on the afflicted joint is all that is needed. Apply it warm or hot for arthritis and rheumatism.
Cayenne is a well-known digestive aid. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices. This, in turn, aids the body’s ability to metabolize the food (and toxins) we take into the system. Cayenne pepper is also a wonderful medicinal herb for relieving intestinal gas. It stimulates intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in both assimilation and elimination.
An enema of cayenne pepper, lobelia and slippery elm will relieve the most obstinate constipation. Excessive amounts of Capsicum (above 20 grams) may induce frequent bowel movements.
8. Digestive Aid
Cayenne helps heal the gall bladder. It can also heal ulcers, and shrink hemorrhoids, which seems contradictory considering its native heat.
(You probably really shouldn't give cayenne pepper to a baby. It's just a metaphor: Cayenne for digestion will make you sleep like a baby....)
You definitely should consult a doctor before giving a baby a cayenne enema. (A cayenema?)
Cayenne stimulates the production of saliva, an important key to excellent digestion and maintaining optimal oral health.
9. Helps Produce Saliva
Cayenne is an excellent agent against tooth and gum diseases. Eases toothache; preserves the teeth from rotting, and when rubbed on the gums, stimulates them enough to prevent pyorrhea.
10. Remedy for Toothache
11. Detox Support
Cayenne is a known circulatory stimulant. It also increases the pulse of our lymphatic and digestive rhythms. By heating the body, the natural process of detoxification is streamlined. Cayenne also causes us to sweat, another important process of detoxification. Combined with lemon juice and honey, cayenne tea is an excellent morning beverage for total body detox.
Cayenne is an excellent food-preserver and has been used traditionally to prevent food contamination from bacteria.
12. Anti-Bacterial Properties
Studies done at the Loma Linda University in California found that cayenne pepper can prevent lung cancer in smokers. This may be again related to cayenne’s high quantity of capsaicin, a substance that can stop the formation of tobacco-induced lung tumors.
Other studies have also shown a similar reaction in cayenne’s ability to inhibit liver tumors.
13. Possible Anti-Cancer Agent!
This statement was made by researchers, quoted in a news story reported March 16, 2006 by Reuters: “Capsaicin led 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in a process known as apoptosis (programmed cell death often a normal part of an organs growth process). Prostate cancer tumors in mice fed capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice, they reported in the journal Cancer Research.
I'm helping fight cancer!
‘Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture,’ said Dr. Soren Lehmann of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine.
Scientists at the Laval University in Quebec found that participants who took cayenne pepper for breakfast were found to have less appetite, leading to less caloric intake throughout the day. Cayenne is also a great metabolic-booster, aiding the body in burning excess amounts of fats.
14. Supports Weight Loss
Cayenne helps to keep blood pressure levels normalized. It also rids the body of LDL cholesterol, immediately equalizes blood pressure in your system, improves circulation, rebuilds blood cells, lowers cholesterol, emulsifies triglycerides, removes toxins from the bloodstream and improves overall heart health.
15. Improves Heart-Health
Cayenne pepper also helps reduce atherosclerosis, encourages fibrinolytic activity and prevents the formation of blood clots, all of which can help reduce the chances of a heart attack or stroke.
16. Prevents & Treats Blood Clots
As a poultice, cayenne has been used to treat snake bites, rheumatism, inflammation, sores, wounds and lumbago. Cayenne is a counter-irritant, bringing blood to the surface to take toxins away. It also helps to heal wounds with a minimum of scar tissue. A counterirritant is something which causes irritation to a tissue to which it is applied, thus distracting from the original irritation (such as joint pain in the case of arthritis).
17. Topical Remedy
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I packed cayenne!
Mix a teaspoon of cayenne pepper into a glass of water, add some honey to improve the taste and drink. Do this 3 times per day.
Red pepper is a source of Vitamin C which will help fight any possible infections caused by the blockage of the oil-producing sebaceous gland. It is also rich in organic calcium and potassium.
18 Red Pepper can help heal Acne.
Cayenne pepper is also known as a male aphrodisiac because it contains capsaicin which can increase blood flow to all parts of the human body. It is known in many cultures to be a potent libido enhancing aid that increases euphoric endorphins in the blood stream.
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19. The Male Factor
Created by Robert Cross, The Ottawa Citizen
Sources; Wikipedia; www.christopherhobbs.com; jcrows.com; globalhealingcenter.com; home-remedies-haven.com; New Line Cinema ( Gollum ); Mattel (Barbie)