The Cayenne Pepper Health Benefits & Information
by Glenn Reschke
If cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum) is not the king of medicinal
herbs it is certainly a prince among them.
It may have been presumptuous for me to have first coined it "king of herbs" but I feel it is just that for
there is no other medicinal herb or spice that can do what cayenne can.
If you have heard about cayenne or are interested in its health benefits, you've come to the right place.
Bold to say yes, but I stand by it. This truly is the cayenne pepper health benefits
I am the one who conducted the primary research,
both academic and experimental, that led to the creation of this website and its many articles.
Now, numerous health sites have commissioned many articles on cayenne and its health benefits by basically
rewritting and rehashing the information originally appearing on this site.
So, if you want to get the best, most undistilled information, go to the source. This site is that source. With
that said, let's talk about why it is so amazing.
Its health benefits are many, varied, and are truly
astonishing. They are beyond astonishing; its benefits are almost unbelievable, to be honest.
People from all over the world have shared their stories with me and have done so in an unsolicited manner.
What about its side effects? They are limited to small
inconveniences. Many from around the globe recount amazing results from using cayenne (or capsicum as it's
sometimes called) for simple healing as well in the battling and elimination of challenging health
Cayenne powder comes from red hot chili peppers that are not only good to eat but are great for your
Taking it in powder form, however, is especially potent and powerful. (Some prefer in in capsule form. For an
article that discusses the pros and cons capsules and drinking it, go to this cayenne capsules vs. cayenne tea page.)
Where does it come from? The fruit or body of the peppers are dried then ground down, pulped and baked
into cakes, which are then sifted to make the spice.
Cayenne's botanical classification or genus is Capsicum annuum or Capsicum frutescens
sometimes called Capsicum fastigiatum, which is a synonym of Capsicum frutescens.
Continuing, the pepper has been used for centuries as a medicinal and culinary herb and undoubtedly most just
think of them as "those hot red peppers" to be used for spicing up food or to be used primarily in cooking ethnic
cuisine, but it is so much more.
Cayenne is said to have originated within Cayenne in French Guiana and is now
produced or farmed in many parts of the world. It was one of the major foods of the Hunzas who are reported by
many to have extraordinarily long lifespans, although this is debatable.
It was also used quite extensively by the Aztecs and Mayans. In fact, historians assert it was a staple of the
Cayenne is also revered in the alternative health community and chiefly by medicinal herbalists for its
remarkable array of health benefits.
Is It Good for The Heart?
So, why is cayenne so great for your heart health? What are its great health benefits? The health benefits of
Capsicum are far reaching and astounding. So much so that many think its benefits are exaggerated.
Consider this: cayenne, through the instrumentality of its secondary metabolite capsaicin (pronounced
cap-say-sin), is scientifically proven to kill prostate cancer cells, among other fantastic
health benefits, and that is just the beginning as to the benefits of this humble, nondescript herb.
Much scientific research has been initiated to validate what naturopathic practitioners have known for years: It
can stop heart attacks, nourish the heart with vital nutrients, remove plaque from the arteries, help rebuild flesh
destroyed or harmed by frostbite, heal hemorrhoids, re-build stomach tissue, heal stomach ulcers, fortify
your overall health, and mitigate the most wrenching of diseases.
Continuing, it improves circulation, rebuilds blood cells, lowers cholesterol, emulsifies triglycerides, removes
toxins from the bloodstream and improves overall heart health. It's even a great insect repellent.
As mentioned, it can also heal ulcers, which seems contradictory considering its native calidity or heat.
It immediately equalizes blood pressure in your system, shrinks hemorrhoids, and heals the gall bladder
It can be used as a diuretic as well helping in elimination both with urine and with built-up fecal matter in
the intestines. It has wonderful, scientifically-proven antifungal properties as well.
This is by no means a comprehensive list. So, why haven't you heard of it? Because of money. I'm convinced Big
Pharma knows about the remarkable healing properties of medicinal herbs and spices like cayenne but they are not in
the business of healing people but in making money.
According to my research, in 2008, within the U.S. alone, Big Pharma sold $160 billion dollars of drugs -- $160
So, why sell a cholesterol-reducing drug when you can just take cayenne and it will do the same while also
removing plaque from your arterial walls without nasty side effects?
Needless to say, it's clearly because cholesterol drugs like Lipitor make billions of dollars
for their makers. (Lipitor makes on average $8 to $12 billion a year for Pfizer.)
That's billions with a "b" my friends. Now you know
why. I'd love to be wrong but I don't think I am.
A little while ago, I was in a local supermarket where the spice was selling for $1.67 a pound! "This
incredible medicinal spice is probably the greatest medicinal agent known to man and is readily affordable to all
but many pass it by because of ignorance. How sad that almost no one knows about it," I thought.
Just the heart health linkage is enough to make this a truly remarkable medicinal herb, but its uses and
benefits go far beyond that remedy.
Capsicum truly is a king among the herbal family and is one of the greatest health secrets of all
It is hot, yes, and tough to swallow, but that inconvenience is most tolerable when one considers that you can
literally save your life and a bundle of money by taking it religiously.
The information in this site may be small but it's packed with information on the incredible health benefits of
cayenne, health benefits that can be yours. That said...
I'm not a medical doctor so any sharing
of health educational information in this website should be taken as just that -- the sharing of educational
information. Please see the disclaimer link on the navbar to your left for more information. If you have
any concerns about taking cayenne pepper, consult your doctor.
Lastly, let me say this: Please do your own homework, research
and objective thinking. Don't let anyone tell you how to think.
If you are open minded, you will find some pearls of great price that will bless your health -- like cayenne
pepper. Don't let prejudice and ignorance (ignorance literally means "without knowledge") prevent you from
considering the therapeutic benefits of it.
I truly believe you've found one of the greatest health secrets in cayenne for I and many before me have
discovered for ourselves the incredible health blessings of this humble spice.
With that said, I invite you to explore this site. If you like the info contained herein, I hope you will click
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Just remember, if laughter is the best medicine, then perhaps this spice is the second best.