Cayenne pepper, known as lal mirch in India, is a hot and spicy condiment. It has available in different forms( fresh, dried, canned or powdered), and is used extensively in various recipes. Besides its hot flavor it has startling health benefits, if taken in moderation. Here are some health benefits of cayenne pepper
Pinch of Cayenne pepper taken with a glass of warm water and fresh lemon juice in the mornings, helps in stimulating our circulatory system and also helps the body detoxify itself. As cayenne pepper in hot in its flavor, it increases the body temperature and boosts our metabolism. Besides promoting healthy circulation, this morning drink can also help regulate blood sugar levels.
Aids in Digestion
Cayenne pepper is good for a healthy metabolic system. It not only help in stimulating the production of gastric juices and enzymes in the digestive tract, aiding the digestion but also known for its soothing property. It helps in soothing intestinal gastric problem.
Relieve achy joints and muscles
Cayenne pepper contains a substance known as Capsaicin, which gives cayenne its spicy taste, is used as an active ingredient in many over the counter treatments for arthritis and muscle pain. This substance relieves pain by depleting nerve cells of a chemical which transfers pain signals along the nerve endings to the brain.
Mix a few dashes of cayenne pepper powder with 2-3 table spoons of olive oil and apply it over the painful joints several times a day (make sure to apply on unbroken skin and keep away from eyes and mouth).
Natural Remedy for Cold
Consumption of Cayenne pepper raises our body temperature and provides relief from cold and flu. Capsaicin, a powerful decongestant, found in cayenne pepper, stimulates the release of mucus from respiratory passage and opens the airways. Adding a light sprinkle of cayenne pepper in your soup can do wonders in fighting the symptoms of flu and cold. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it can also be used as a natural pain killer.
Calorie Burning Potential
Studies have shown that if half of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper is taken along with a meal, it can help in burning calories and suppressing appetite. Make sure that you do not over consume cayenne pepper in order to reduce weight because having it in excess has some negative effects on your body.
Good For your Heart
Cayenne pepper stimulates our circulatory system and promotes healthy flow of blood throughout our body. It not only helps in regulating blood pressure levels, it also prevents blood clotting if consumed in moderate and optimal quantity on a daily-basis. Because cayenne improves blood flow, it is also helpful in conjunction with medications or supplements if you have circulation issues. Spices for Healthy Heart
Promotes Healthy Gut
Cayenne pepper keeps the gut healthy by maintaining an optimum pH, which in turn prevents and hinders the growth of unhealthy microbes in the gut. Due to its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-irritant properties, it also helps in protecting the body from allergens.