Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Benefits of Cayenne

Spicy is the new HOT!!

Cayenne - It contains trace minerals, high antioxidants, vitamins, and capsaicin. Also contains vitamins like vitamin C, E and carotinoids.

Capsaicin, found in cayenne can reduce platelets stickiness, increase your metabolism, stimulates the immune system and blood circulation. It can even kill harmful bacteria, germs, viruses, and other infections that may be hidden in our body. 

  • It's aids in blood circulation, in turn increasing circulation of oxygen and helps nourish cells and tissues.
  • Cayenne has been shown to stop a heart attack as it happens (but please don't experiment on this.. leave it to the doctor)
  • It's beneficial in weight loss by increasing metabolism
  • It helps adjust with blood pressure.
  • Cleans the arteries, gets rid of bad LDL cholesterol and tryglicerides.
  • Stimulates peristaltic motion in intestines and aids in assimilation and elimination of unwanted matter.
  • Warms the body internally and externally
  • Been used as a frost bite remedy. I have experimented in the crude cold winters of Canada, by putting a sprinkle on cayenne in my boots. Not only did they keep my feet warm.. at points I couldn't wait to get home to remove my shoes because I felt so much heat, it felt like a burning sensation.
  • I've also used cayenne poultice on stiff muscles.. neck strains are a nuisance especially when you need to move. A little bit of cayenne made into a paste using olive oil, and rubbed onto painful area. Please note: some muscle injuries get worse with heat applications - cayenne will only make it worse. (if your doctor says put an ice pack on it.. then NEVER use cayenne)
  • Superb for rebuilding the tissue in the stomach, facilitating healing with stomach and intestinal ulcers. Cayenne pepper for ulcers is not something most would have considered, and it still should be considered as a slight irritant especially when you have ulcers, but a little at a time NOT on an empty stomach and you should be fine. Remember if you're unsure, you can always start of with the tiniest of doses. 
  • And please remember NEVER to take it on an empty stomach.  I've experiment with cayenne and filled capsules with cayenne to get myself a bigger dose without tasting and feeling the heat on my tongue. Big mistake: I took the capsule on an empty stomach - and with in 20 minutes, there was an unpleasant party in my stomach - fire crackers and bombs. Too much cayenne can irritate the stomach - sometimes resulting in ulcers. It seems ironic that a substance that can heal ulcers can also cause them, but we always have to remember to Balance.  Getting too much of a Good thing, will not always result in a Good outcome.

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