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.
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