To say cayenne pepper is just another spice with some health benefits is an under statement. This phenominal spice, also known as Guinea spice and bird pepper has out numbered other spices in terms of the amount of health benefits it has.
Scientifically known as "capsicum annuum", and often referred to as chile pepper, this spice is used in food as flavouring and for several medicinal purposes. Grown mostly in tropical regions like East Africa, Mexico, India, and the United States of America, it was originally grown in South America since ancient times. It can both be used whole or grinded to make a powder.
Cayenne pepper is mainly used as a spice when cooking meats whether fried, stewed, roasted, baked or grilled. You can also sprinkle cayenne powder in your soups and also on eggs, bacon and seafood. You can find nutrients like vitamins A, B, C and E, and others such as manganese, riboflavin and potassium in this spice.
Its a great way to add pepper to your food other than just the regular pepper because it also has medicinal properties. Below you will find more information on the health benefits of this spice.
Cayenne Pepper helps the digestive system to produce more gastric juices which will then help the body to metabolize the toxins we intake.
It can also boost your metabolic rate which helps the body to burn excess fat. Guinea spice also decreases your appetite which will eventually lead to weight loss.
Creams are made from the plant of this spice which is used for temporary relief of joint pains.
Cold and Flu
Capsaicin, an active component found in chile pepper is similar to a chemical compound found in cold medicines, so this spice allows the mucus to be cleared from the congested areas. You can also enjoy a cup of cayenne tea and at the same time getting that stuffed nose of yours cleared.
It is used along with other herbs and other ingredients to cleanse the body of toxins. It purifies the blood, increase the flow of blood and clear blockages in the body that are caused by toxins. Thus making your body use up the essential nutrients more efficiently from the food you eat.
Cayenne Pepper is also known to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Other medicinal benefits include its use to treat food poisoning, treat wounds, bowel diseases, heart disease, rebuilding tissues in the stomach, and there are still some benefits that are still been researched.