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 it can.
If you have heard about Capsicum or are interested in its health benefits, you've come to the right
Bold to say yes, but I stand by it.
ForI 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 Capsicum 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.
By the way, cayenne's botanical classification or genus is Capsicum annuum or Capsicum frutescens sometimes called
Capsicum fastigiatum, which is a synonym of Capsicum frutescens.
(Thus you will often see it referred to as "Capsicum." It's interchangeable and means the same thing.)
Its health benefits are many, varied, and are truly astonishing. They are beyond
astonishing; its benefits are almost unbelievable, to be honest.
What about its side effects? They are limited to small inconveniences. Many from around the globe recount
amazing results from using Capsicum for simple healing as well in the battling and elimination of
challenging health problems.
Don't believe me? Check out this testimonials page within this website. All of those testimonials are
unsolicited and on file. Interested perhaps in some FAQs? Click on the preceding link.
Capsicum is The "The King of Herbs"?
The 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 capsules vs. 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.
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.
(For more info on why I call it a medicinal herb instead of its proper classification as a spice, go to the
Herb or Spice page.)
Capsicum is said to have originated within 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
Capsicum 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 Capsicum 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: Capsicum, 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,
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 Capsicum 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 Capsicum 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.
This site is packed with information on the incredible health benefits of Capsicum, 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 it, consult your doctor.
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Just remember, if laughter is the best medicine, then perhaps Capsicum is the second best. Thank
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