Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spice for Life - Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne Pepper powder comes from  Red Hot Chili Peppers. The chili peppers are ground then sold as Cayenne Pepper powder. Originating from Cayenne in  French Guiana,  these truly amazing peppers are now being grown in many places around the world.

The Hunzas, Aztecs and Mayans all used Cayenne Pepper in their diets. Thankfully, the rest of the world has discovered Cayenne Pepper's culinary appeal and it's extraordinary  health benefits.

It's most therapeutic ingredient is "Capsaicin". The more capsaicin, the hotter the chili. The hotter the chili, the more healing properties the chili contains. Ounce for ounce, chili contain nine times the vitamin A of a green pepper and twice as much vitamin C as an orange. It is also high in minerals which include magnesium and potassium.

Cayenne Pepper is used by many to effectively prevent, treat and cure many common diseases, including breast, lung, prostate, and bladder cancers among others. It  also is used effectively for stopping heart attacks,  reducing nerve and muscle pain, in weight control, reducing symptoms of cluster and migrane headaches, preventing blood clots, improving cholesterol health, reducing heart rate, healing ulcers,  plus many others.

If you are not used to the hottness of Cayenne Pepper, but want to take a daily supplement of it, you may find it helpful to try taking it as a capsule first, then change over to just the powder when you are used to it. Many recommend a one-half teaspoon of powder in a warm cup of water daily for the most benefit. However, capsules have shown to be just as therapeutic, but without  having to experience the hottness factor.

If you are not used to eating or taking Cayenne Pepper, be aware that for about the first 3 consecutive days, you may experience some mild nausia as the Capsaicin begins the healing process within your body. Once the first 3 days is over you will begin to feel really good and your body will have gained a tolerance to the heat of the capsaicin.

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You may also do a web search for information on Cayenne Pepper.

A book called, "Healing Spices" published in 2011, has a very in depth chapter concerning Cayenne Pepper. It is available at many major bookstores and, of course, through large internet booksellers.

Disclaimer: No part of this article is meant  to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. As with any supplement, you may want to check with your healthcare provider first.

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