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7 Spicy Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

By Sydney Cook
Posted On May 24, 2016
7 Spicy Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

It’s hot. It’s spicy. It’s the last minute fix to your bland tacos on Taco Tuesday, but it’s also an effective natural cure for many of life’s health scares.

Scroll down to see why this powerful pepper is gaining buzz for its many uses.

If You Have an Upset Stomach: Anti-Irritant

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Cayenne has the ability to ease an upset stomach, intestinal ulcers, and diarrhea. Aside from the gut, the spice heals sore throats and spasmodic and irritating coughs.

If You Have a Cold: Flu Agent

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The red hot chili pepper aids in breaking up and moving congested mucus. Once mucus begins to vacate the body, relief from flu symptoms usually follows.

If You Have a Headache: Migraine Prevention

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Researchers suggest that the pepper’s spice has the ability to stimulate a pain response in a different part of the body other than the head. The brain puts its attention on the new site and no longer concentrates on the pounding headache.

After the initial pain reaction from the zesty cayenne pepper, the nerve fibers have depleted the substance P, or pain chemical, and the sensation of pain is lessened. In the end, you are basically tricking your body and brain to “feel pain” elsewhere, so that the head discomfort is no longer the main pain focus.

If You’re Having Digestive Difficulties: Digestive Aid

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Cayenne pepper benefits the digestive system in more ways than one. It stimulates the digestive tract, increasing the flow of enzyme production and gastric juices, which aids in the body’s ability to metabolize food. The red pepper also sparks intestinal peristaltic motion, aiding in assimilation and elimination. Lastly, it encourages saliva, which is important for digestion as well as preventing bad breath.

If You Want to Cleanse Your Body: Detox Support

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Cayenne pepper is a well-known circulatory stimulant. The spice restores the circulatory system by opening the capillaries and regulating blood sugar. By heating the body, cayenne pepper causes us to sweat, which is a part of the body’s natural detoxification process. As a metabolic booster, cayenne burns excess fat and soothes bloating.

If You Have a Boo Boo: Topical Remedy

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Applying a homemade cayenne pepper poultice is a great way to ease pain from sores, wounds, rheumatism, and lumbago. Capsaicin, the active ingredient found in cayenne peppers, is currently used in topical ointments and creams to relieve pain and tenderness from various causes.

If You Have a Cavity: Toothache Remedy

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Cayenne is a leading agent against toothaches and gum infections. It can also preserve teeth from rotting.

To use cayenne pepper as a remedy for any of these health concerns (aside from the topical formula), sip red pepper tea (one quarter teaspoon of cayenne pepper steeped in a cup of hot water), mix into your flavored tea, spice up your hot chocolate, or consume a small capsule of the powder.