Spice of the Week: Cayenne

Every time I order at the local juice bar, I have the option to add cayenne.  I always say yes, not because I love to have spicy veggie juice but because it’s extremely good for my body.  Here’s why:

1. Anti-Irritant

Cayenne tends to ease an upset stomach, sore throats, ulcers, diarrhea, and coughs.

2. Immunity Booster

Cayenne helps the body break down mucus and congestion which prompts quicker flu relief.

3. Anti-Fungal Properties

A studies* indicate that this spice can effectively prevent the formation of fungi, collectotrichum  & phomopsis

4. Anti-Allergen

This article suggests that cayenne can naturally alleviate some allergy symptoms

Basket of Cayenne Peppers

5. Tummy Troubles

This pepper is a well-known digestive aid. Its spiciness stimulates the intestine, catalyzing the production of enzymes and gastric juices & therefor quickening the body’s metabolism. Resultingly, toxins and other food can be processed at a faster rate.

6. Blood Clots

This awesome pepper also aids in reduction of atherosclerosis– it encourages fibrinolytic activity while preventing factors that lead to blood clot formation.  Both of these things help prevent heart attack or stroke.

7. Detox

This spice is a circulatory stimulant. It increases the pace of your digestive and lymphatic rhythms by heating your body.  Therefore, your natural process of detoxification is streamlined. Cayenne also amplifies sweat, furthering detoxification.

8. Joint-Pain Relief

Cayenne contains high levels of capsaicin, a natural analgesic (pain reliever).  When consumed or applied topically, joint pain is temporarily relieved.

9. Anti-Bacterial

Ancient peoples have been using cayenne to preserve food for centuries

10. Loose Weight!

Laval University in Quebec researchers found that subjects in an experiment who consumed cayenne pepper with breakfast experienced a decreased appetite throughout the day.  Consequently, this led to a lower caloric intake throughout the day.

*P.C. Agarwal, Usha Dev, Baleshwar Singh, Indra Rani, Dinesh Chand, R.K. Khetarpal. Seed-borne fungi identified from exotic pepper (Capsicum spp.) germplasm samples introduced during 1976–2005. PGR Newsletter – Bioversity. issue. 149, pp.39-42.

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