Cayenne Peppers – The Aspirin and Tylenol Free Answer to Pain Relief
Cayenne peppers are red, hot, spicy, and deliciously healthy! Many countries, especially those of the Americas and Asia, have a long history of using cayenne pepper therapeutically.
Cayenne peppers offer a multitude of health benefits. Capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, is what makes the peppers hot. Furthermore, capsaicin is considered to be a potent analgesic. Analgesics are capable of causing analgesia, which relieves pain.
Similar to acetaminophen, a non-aspirin pain reliever, cayenne peppers can help alleviate many different types of pain in (and on) the body. It has been said to reduce and prevent migraines, toothaches, and joint pain as well. For more info, read Cayenne Pepper Cures.
Cold Sores and Shingles Have Met their Match!
Additionally, capsaicin has anti-diabetic, anti-carcinogenic and antibacterial properties. Capsaicin effectively fights off viruses such as shingles and herpes. In doing so, the likelihood of outbreaks and flare ups are greatly reduced or even eliminated.
In fact, I was plagued with recurring cold sores (oral herpes) for over 10 years. When I started adding ample amounts of cayenne to my food, cold sore outbreaks lessened drastically and when I did get them, they healed in less time. Currently, I can’t even remember the last time I had a cold sore outbreak. This is incredible considering how painful and embarrassing cold sore outbreaks can be.
Cayenne Peppers and Cayenne Powder can Help Lower Cholesterol and Blood Pressure and Prevents Heart Disease
There are many reasons to eat cayenne peppers or put cayenne powder on your food. First of all, as an herb and/or spice, cayenne is a rare anomaly.
Boasting some of the highest concentration of minerals, vitamins, and phyto-nutrients, cayenne’s medicinal properties are unheard of. Cayenne has a rich source of vitamin C, which when taken regularly, helps the body develop resistance against illness and disease.
Because cayenne is rich in vitamin A, it can assist in regulating blood pressure. Cayenne helps increase circulation by cleaning out the arteries, which can reduce the chance of heart disease and stroke. It can also help regulate and lower blood pressure and balances LDL (lousy or bad cholesterol) and triglycerides.
Through Detoxification and Lymphatic Fluid Stimulation, Cayenne fights the Flu and the Common Cold
Being able to break up congestion and mucus, cayenne helps reduce the duration of colds and the flu. Although I rarely get sick, I love adding cayenne powder to my soup when I’m under the weather – it tastes great and makes me sweat the sickness away.
Due to cayenne’s circulatory stimulant effects. it increases the circulation of lymphatic fluid. This helps with cleansing the lymph nodes of our lymphatic system, which in my opinion, is the most underrated and overlooked system in our body. Learn more about the importance of keeping your lymphatic system clean here.
Through heating the body, the natural process of detoxification is intensified. Cayenne causes us to sweat. Sweating is extremely important in the process of detoxification. A clean and detoxified body is much less likely to become sick or diseased.
Bloodclots, Inflammation, and Cancer Prevention
Cayenne pepper helps reduce atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and encourages fibrinolytic activity. In turn, this process prevents the formation of blood clots.
Some experts believe cayenne protects the liver and lungs from tumors and certain types of cancers. Not that I’m encouraging it, but this is great news for regular drinkers and/or smokers.
Inflammation is an indication of excessive heat in the body. Although cayenne initially makes your body hot and sweaty, it’s long term effects are actually opposite. In actuality, sweating cools the body down from the inside out. With that being said, cayenne can actually reduce heat inside the body. By reducing the excess heat, inflammation is lessened. From psoriasis and roseacea to asthma, arthritis and even cancer, inflammation is an under-diagnosed health condition that causes a myriad of symptoms.
To learn more about putting the fire out in your body, check out my inflammation article.
pH Balance, Heartburn, GERD, and Acid Reflux
Popular bottled hot sauces (Tabasco, Frank’s Red Hot, and Louisiana Hot Sauce) use cayenne pepper powder. However, they use white vinegar as the base liquid. White vinegar is distilled, filtered, and pasteurized. This process removed beneficial enzymes and nutrients in naturally occurring vinegar. Not only is white vinegar basically dead vinegar, it’s also very acidic, causing pH levels to drop.
To keep the body in a healthy state, a good acid to alkaline balance is needed. If you like the consistency of those popular hot sauces, I recommend making your own using raw, unfiltered, and unpasteurized ACV (apple cider vinegar). ACV is slightly alkaline, so it is a much healthier choice to keep your pH balanced. Get raw apple cider vinegar here.
Seriously, Food Cravings and Weight Loss Too?!
As you can see (or read actually), cayenne offers some pretty remarkable health benefits. Another significant bonus to add on the list is cayenne’s contribution to weight loss. With all the fad diets, overpriced MLM supplements, and weight loss gimmicks out there, cayenne is a simple and effective aid to losing weight. In fact, cayenne is an ingredient in the master cleanse; a popular weight loss and body detox drink.
Cayenne can regulate appetite which is known to help reduce calorie intake and food cravings. The heat initially induced by cayenne also boosts metabolism, basically transforming your body into a fat burning machine.
I Put that Shit on Everything!
As a personal side note, I used to get heartburn almost every time I used one of those popular hot sauces. When I started making my own, I never experienced heartburn again. Now I make my own for less than 25 cents per bottle!
Just use an empty sauce bottle and the ingredients listed on the back label to make your own. All you need to do is replace the white vinegar with ACV and table salt with Celtic sea salt. Fill the bottle to approximately 90% with ACV then add the cayenne powder and sea salt to taste. If you prefer, you can just sprinkle cayenne powder directly in your food; this is my preferred method.
How about that for put that shit on everything?