The Power Behind the Heat: Cayenne Peppers

SOME LIKE IT HOT! This fiery little guy might be mistaken for a skinny bell pepper or jalapeño, but don’t be fooled - cayenne pepper can hold its own! A popular spice used in many different cuisines, cayenne has also been used medicinally for thousands of years. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in cayenne peppers that provides its medicinal properties.  Capsaicin is also responsible for how hot these amazing peppers are -- more Capsaicin = more heat!

Capsaicin increases your body’s heat production, leading you to burn more calories and in turn boosts your metabolism. Need I say more? Well, I will, because there is a lot more to share! Some more of Capsaicin’s fabulous benefits:

  • Increases blood flow stimulation and aids in reducing blood pressure

  • Inhibits growth for H-pylori (the bacteria that causes ulcers), helps the stomach defend against infections, increases digestive fluid production, and aids in delivering enzymes to the stomach

  • Helps with arthritis and carpal tunnel

  • Improves Psoriasis

  • Shows strong possibility of reducing risk of cancer

Cayenne pepper is such an easy spice and veggie to add to many of your favorite foods or recipes. Add to a salad, stirfry, eggs, homemade sweet potato fries, or homemade dressings.