Do you love hot peppers? If you haven't planted a hot pepper plant in your kitchen garden or in a container on the patio, you'll want to plant several after reading these 6 health benefits. Capsaicin is the powerful ingredient that puts the spicy hot in cayenne and chili peppers. The hotter the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains.
Could a substance that makes your mouth burn when you bite into it be healthy to eat? The healing properties of capsaicin have been utilized for more than 9,000 years by Native Americans. Although we currently use cayenne primarily as a culinary flavoring, dietary cleanses and modern research report additional health benefits. Cayenne is rich in beta carotene which the body converts to vitamin A to bolster immune function. It is also a rich source of antioxidant vitamin C, and other essential nutrients.
When preparing hot peppers, it is best to wear gloves. Be careful not to put your hands near your eyes when working with hot peppers. Cayenne is also available in capsules, tinctures, extracts and powder. Ground cayenne pepper can be sprinkled on your foods or added to beverages daily. For optimal health and nutritional benefits purchase organic, non-irradiated cayenne powder. Cayenne spices in most grocery stores have been irradiated, making them ineffective for therapeutic use. Mountain Rose Herbs is a source for quality cayenne pepper and other culinary and medicinal spices.
Topical analgesic products containing capsaicin are available for external use in cream, ointment, stick, pad, gel, liquid and lotion. Follow instructions on the package label.
6 Health Benefits of Capsaicin
(Capsicum frutescens, Capsicum annum, Capsicum spp), also known as cayenne, hot pepper, red pepper, sweet pepper, ancho pepper, African pepper, tabasco pepper, and Louisiana long pepper:
So bring on the spicy peppers for its powerful flavor and powerful health benefits. What’s your favorite way to eat hot peppers: grilled, stuffed, pickled, or on pizza?
Important Health Note:
Peppers, both hot and sweet: cayenne, red, green, chili peppers, pimentos, and paprika are members of the botanical nightshade family. If you experience food sensitivity symptoms, such as heartburn, acid reflux, joint pain, irritable bowel syndrome or nerve sensitization when eating nightshade vegetables, you may consider discussing an elimination diet or food allergy testing with your nutritionist or health care provider.
Life can be a bowl full of rich nutrients and health benefits when you add cherries and cherry juice to your diet. Cherries are a delicious summer fruit in season from May to July. But after reading these health benefits, you’ll want to enjoy the sweet or tart varieties year round. When fresh cherries aren’t in season, visit the frozen food aisle for bags of frozen cherries, or purchase 100% pure, bottled cherry juice.
What to look for when buying fresh cherries
Cherries should be deep maroon or mahogany red to almost black. The exception is Rainier cherries which have a golden skin with a blush of red color. The exterior should appear bright, glossy and plump with stems intact. Don’t purchase cherries that appear to be soft, shriveled, have mold growth, or brown discoloration.
Nutritional Information: Cherries contain powerful antioxidants, vitamins A, C, and B-6, dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, protein, iron, and calcium.
Natural Health Benefits of Cherries
Eating cherries and drinking 100% cherry juice is a delicious way to reduce inflammation in your body. Drink a small glass of cherry juice or eat a handful of fresh cherries daily.
Mix chopped cherries into pancake batter, crepes or fruit salad. Fresh or frozen cherries can be tossed into fruit smoothies, nutritious blender ice cream, sauces, and limeade.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
Craving dessert, but don’t have time to bake cookies? Well, this shake is the next best thing. It tastes like oatmeal raisin cookies in a glass, but without the wait or the unhealthy ingredients. You won’t heat up the kitchen making this quick and delicious milkshake in your blender or Vitamix. You and the kids are sure to enjoy this yummy, sweet treat!
Yield: 2 cups
1 cup almond or cashew milk
¼ cup rolled oats (or a multi-grain rolled cereal*)
1 tablespoon butter, grass-fed
1 tablespoon raisins
½ tablespoon coconut palm sugar, organic
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup ice cubes (or more if you prefer it thicker)
Add all ingredients to a blender or Vitamix and mix starting on lowest variable setting. Increase speed quickly to 10, and then to high, blending until smooth and creamy.
To add a variety of grains to your diet, you can use a multi-grain cereal mix, such as Bob’s Red Mill 5 Grain Rolled Hot Cereal which contains: wheat, oats, rye, barley, triticale and flaxseed. (We used the 5 Grain in this recipe. It is shown in the above photograph.)
More delicious blender recipes can be found in Deborah' s book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. She is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
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