Here are 7 great reasons to start including Cayenne pepper to your diet.
Cayenne pepper is known for its top of the line digestive and circulatory properties, which is why it is used in Zeal O2 and Happy Girl. Because of its amazing circulatory properties, it can help regulate blood pressure and overall heart health.
Although Cayenne pepper is spicy, it has anti-irritant properties so it has the ability to ease stomach ulcers and nausea. It also stimulates the digestive tract by increasing the production of gastric juices, flow of enzymes, and regulating intestinal peristalsis. This is how the body metabolizes food and rids itself of toxins. These properties are what make it such an effective digestive aid.
The anti-irritant properties don't limit themselves to use in the stomach. Cayenne pepper can also alleviate sore throats and irritating coughs. Usually these symptoms go hand-in-hand with cold, flu, and allergy symptoms. Cayenne pepper has been known to support the breaking up of mucus, thus mollifying congestion.
Cayenne pepper is high in Vitamin A and Beta Carotene. It helps boost immunity so chances of congestion are lessened.
Cayenne pepper has capsaicin, an active compound that can help regulate heart health. This ingredient reduces atherosclerosis and reduces the formation of blood clots. Capsaicin does this by preventing platelets from sticking together and encouraging fibroinolytic activity to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke. What does all of this mean? Thinner blood. Thin blood means improved circulation throughout the body and lowers blood pressure and helps LDL cholesterol.
The capsaicin in Cayenne pepper also aides in pain relief. The compounds that make up capsaicin exert an anti-inflammatory effect because it blocks substance P, the neuropeptide that causes inflammation and pain. When inflammation is reduced, pain is reduced and this can be a key compound to help treat arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. There has been some research on the Cayenne pepper’s ability to treat pain from migraine headaches. It has the ability stimulate a pain response in a different area of the body which will divert the brain’s attention. This lessens the amount of substance P in the brain, thus relieving some of the migraine.
An added bonus of Cayenne pepper is it can help speed up your metabolism, causing you to lose weight. The spiciness of the pepper resets your metabolism to work at a higher temperature, thus burning more calories than normal. During this higher metabolic rate your body uses more oxygen which burns even more calories. The flavor can also suppress your appetite making you fuller faster and allowing you to eat smaller portions of food.
Try adding lemon and cayenne pepper to a cup of hot water. It can help relieve stomach irritation and kick start your metabolism.
You may also want to try Zeal O2 or Happy Girl and get the benefits of Cayenne pepper in an easy to use all natural wheatgrass based supplement.
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