Throughout history cayenne pepper has been used as a healing tool. This powerful compound is used in cleanses, such as the ever popular Master Cleanse, as well as in diets to stimulate the metabolism and aid in weight loss. Cayenne helps to neutralize acidity in the body, combat heartburn, break fevers, even get rid of hemorrhoids and gas.
Whether you enjoy cayenne pepper or not, here are some great reasons to add it to your grocery list:
1) Eases Upset Stomachs:
Cayenne pepper can ease an upset stomach, an ulcer and even ease a sore throat or an irritating cough. The best ways to take cayenne for a cough or sore throat is via tea, but you can simply sprinkle it on your food.
2) Get Rid of a Cold:
Use cayenne pepper to break up mucus and get rid of congestion from a cold or the flu. Once you get rid of the mucus, your flu symptoms will tend to leave with it. Again, you can take it as a tea or simply sprinkle it on your food.
3) Get Rid of a Migraine:
Cayenne pepper has the ability to simulate a pain response in a different area of the body, which means it can revert the body’s attention to a new spot. The nerve fibers will then deplete the nerve’s pain chemical and the perception of pain will be lessened, and the migraine will be lessened, or gone.
4) Relieves Allergies:
Studies have shown that adding cayenne pepper to your food can actually help relieve your allergies. Because it is rich in quercetin, which is a bioflavonoid that helps to prevent the release of histamines and other inflammatory chemicals that can cause allergy symptoms, it will actually help relieve your allergies over time.
5) Digestive Aid:
Cayenne is digestive aid that stimulates the digestive tract and increases the flow of enzyme production as well as gastric juices. This helps aid in the body’s ability to metabolize food (and toxins). It also helps remove intestinal gases.
6) Prevents for Blood Clots:
Cayenne pepper can help reduce atherosclerosis and encourage fibrinolytic activity and prevent factors that lead to the formation of blood clots. All of these things can reduce your chance of a heart attack or stroke.
7) Relieves Joint Pain:
For those who suffer from arthritis or joint pain from injury, adding cayenne pepper to your daily diet can really help relieve pain. Cayenne is high in a substance called capsaicin, which offers relief for joint pain. Or, you can apply cayenne directly to the skin in an ointment or lotion.
8) Calorie Burner:
Adding cayenne pepper to your food is a great metabolism booster. It will kick your metabolism into overdrive and help you burn extra calories all day long, resulting in more pounds lost at the end of the week!
9) Promotes Heart Health:
Cayenne pepper can also help keep your blood pressure levels normalized as well as balance your body’s LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.
10) Soothe a Toothache:
Cayenne will soothe a toothache and help prevent gum disease. Make a paste of cayenne pepper and apply right to your sore tooth and gums. It may burn for a minute, but then it will take away the pain.
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