107 Specific Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper: How It Can Help You
by Glenn Reschke
What are the health benefits of cayenne pepper (Capsicum)? The
purported therapeutic benefits are almost too unbelieveable, but its reputation keeps growing among medical
researchers as well as alternative health afficionados and deservedly so. So does it really have 107 specific
benefits? It probably has more!
It can do everything from kill cancer cells in the prostate, lungs, and pancreas to immediately stop a heart
attack within 30 seconds.
Let's get into some of the specifics of cayenne benefits. It increases metabolism by immediately
influencing the venous structure.
It is nothing short of amazing with its effects on the circulatory system as it feeds the vital elements into
the cell structure of capillaries, veins, arteries and helps adjust blood pressure to normal levels.
Yes, cayenne pepper for high blood pressure is certainly one of its core uses, but Capsicum
cleans the arteries as well, helping to rid the body of the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Considering that
heart disease is the number one killer in America, this is significant.
Capsicum is also great for the stomach and the intestinal tract. It stimulates the peristaltic motion of
the intestines and aids in assimilation and elimination. When taken internally, it warms the body and has even been
used by some herbalist doctors to help heal and rebuild flesh due to frostbite.
Notwithstanding its hot taste, paradoxically it is actually superb for rebuilding the tissue in the stomach,
facilitating healing with stomach and intestinal ulcers. Cayenne pepper for ulcers is not something most would have
considered but I can testify to that remarkability capability of this remarkable medicinal spice.
Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum) & Heart Health
Yes, the effect of cayenne upon your body is dramatic, even literally instant and no more
so than with the heart. Its benefits is one of the things that brought you to this article so now let’s
discuss the phenomenal healing properties of Capsicum with the human heart.
Dr. John Christopher, the famed natural herbalist, was persecuted relentlessly by the government
for his practice of herbal medicine all the while assisting patients in helping heart disease, cancer,
tuberculosis, infertility, rheumatism, leukemia, and every other incurable under the sun.
One of his greatest stories in his long career was how he could instantly stop a heart attack if he could get
the patient to drink a glass of warm cayenne water. He said, "A teaspoon of cayenne should bring the patient
out of the heart attack."
While this is not directly related to cayenne and heart health, with internal hemorrhaging, if the patient
can drink a glass of extra warm Capsicum water, Dr. Christopher wrote, "...by the count of ten the bleeding
will stop. Instead of all the pressure being centralized, it is equalized and the clotting becomes more rapid."
Perhaps now you can see why Capsicum is regarded as a true "miracle herb." With over 700,000 thousands Americans
experiencing a stroke each year and almost half a million dying yearly of either heart disease or related
issues, believe it not a possible solution is as close as your local health food establishment.
How should you take it? Ideally orally in a drink.
The drink, when taken faithfully, will dramatically improve your heart health as well as your venous
structure. Drink it with warm distilled water but if that is unavailable, purified water will substitute nicely.
Start by mixing about a quarter of a teaspoon in a glass of warm water. Then, down the hatch. Don't worry, you'll
get used to it.
Of course, the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of the cayenne you're using should be known.
Most cayenne is between 30,000 to 50,000 SHUs.
Some, though, like the African Birdseye cayenne powder can come in anywhere from 90,000 to 140,000!
Needless to say, you should scale back your dosages of this until your body acclimates to its heat.
Another benefit of Cayenne, and peppers in general, are its antifungal properties. Cayenne
antifungal properties are significant although this is not its primary health benefit. Cayenne has been shown
in some studies to be active against phomopsis and collectotrichum -- both are fungal pathogens.
These fungal pathogens affect fruits especially strawberries and are not directly related to humans.
Currently, immune system benefits are also the subject of studies conducted by many nutritional supplement
companies and microbiologists.
Let's get even more specific. Here is a comprehensive list of all the things Capsicum or cayenne
pepper can do for your health and why you should make it a regular part of your daily health regime.
According to Zhen-Yu Chen, Ph.D., a professor of Food and Nutritional Science at the Chinese University in Hong
Gong, "We concluded that capsaicinoids were beneficial in improving a range of factors related to heart and blood
vessel health." In this study, they found that among them were the inhibition of a particular gene that produces
cyclooxygenase-2, a substance that makes the muscles around the blood vessels constrict. Why is this important?
Because by blocking it, the muscles can relax and widen, which allows more blood to flow. Cayenne is a vasodilator
and decreases the production of compounds that are made by the human brain that cause high blood pressure.
Cayenne works on the muscle tissue of coronary arteries to halt and slow the inflammatory process that can lead
to dreaded atherosclerosis. Indeed, cayenne's core competence is its amazing heart-health abilities including
inhibiting excessive platelet aggregation thus remedying atherosclerosis.
But wait there's more.
The following information is taken Dr. John R. Christopher's book School of Natural Healing as well as other materials I've uncovered in my
primary research. By the way, the word "Capsicum" is another term for cayenne pepper and is used
interchangeably. That is how Dr. Christopher referred to it in his book.
Key Benefits of Cayenne Pepper You Need to Know
While cayenne is brilliant for heart-related health, and that is its core competency, it has a whole host
of other health benefits as well. Here are more:
• This herb is a great food for the circulatory system in that it feeds the necessary elements into the cell
structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries so that these regain the elasticity of youth again, and the blood
pressure adjusts itself to normal. It rebuilds the tissue in the stomach and heals the stomach and intestinal
ulcers; in equalizing the blood circulation, it produces natural warmth in your body; and in stimulating the
peristaltic motion of the intestines, it aids in assimilation and elimination. This is really its core competency
and is one of the prime cayenne pepper benefits.
• It regulates the flow of blood from the head to the feet so that the pressure is equalized; it influences
the heart immediately, then gradually extends its effects to the arteries, capillaries, and nerves (the frequency
of the pulse is not increased, but is given more vigor).
• Human circulation; it is warming; dilating; specific for varicose veins; equalizes the blood pressure in the
arterial and venous system; actually equalizes blood pressure instantly.
• It is useful in alleviating allergies, muscle cramp, improving digestion, gives more pep and energy, and
helps wound healing with minimal scar tissue.
• It is a counter-irritant; it brings blood to the surface and allows the toxins to be taken away.
In an article reported on March 16, 2006 by Reuters, the main ingredient in Capsicum, capsaicin,
was found to destroy prostate cancer cells. Here is what the article said,
"Capsaicin led 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in
a process known as apoptosis, the researchers said. Prostate cancer tumors in mice fed capsaicin were about
one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice, they reported in the journal Cancer Research. 'Capsaicin had a
profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture,' said Dr. Soren Lehmann of the
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine."
• Cayenne supports the natural beat (rhythm) of the viscera and interior actions of the glandular,
circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive systems. It has been used with great success as an aid for spotted fever
(?); the most active stimulant to support and re-animate feeble or exhausted powers.
• This is a medicine of great value in the practice, and may be safely used in all cases of disease, to raise
and retain the internal vital heat of the system, cause a free perspiration, and keep the determining powers to the
surface. The only preparation is to have it reduced to a fine powder. For a dose, take from half to a teaspoonful
in hot water or tea sweetened with honey.
• A Dr. Coffin (evidently his real name) includes cayenne in his composition powder to restore the
normal function of the body in the various stages of pregnancy and childbirth. For morning sickness he recommends a
combination of ‘White poplar bark, agrimony, centaury, raspberry leaves, yarrow and rhubarb, each a quarter of an
ounce, steep in two quarts of water, strain, and add while hot two teaspoons of powdered cinnamon, half a
teaspoonful of cayenne, and let the patient take one tablespoonful every three hours until the symptoms are
removed if this should not relieve, give an emetic and repeat if necessary.
• It's great for heartburn.
• Cayenne is a powerful rubefacient, meaning it helps the body remove toxins from the blood.
• It is a general nervous stimulant; a specific for delirium tremens.
• For atonic gout, in paralysis, in dropsy, in tympanitis, and in the debilitated stages of fever.
• For scrofulous; dyspepsia; flatulence; it's an excellent carminative.
• For sore throats—gargle (prepare the gargle with honey); for spasmodic and irritating coughs; heartburn and
• Enables feeble stomachs to digest food; for atonic dyspepsia; specific for hemorrhoids; helps
with intermittent fever; Capsicum has the power to control menorrhagia; relieves sea-sickness;
• In delirium tremens it is beneficial by enabling the patient to retain and digest food.
• Cayenne is particularly efficient in tonsillitis, and the sore throat of scarlet fever and in diphtheria
no application is so efficient as a strong gargle or wash make with Capsicum.
• It promotes proper digestion; relieves pains of the womb; removes obstructed menstruation; for quinsy; for all
diseases of the throat; use as a plaster with honey for rheumatic pains, pains of the joints, gout, swellings,
etc.; use outwardly as a liniment, apply it warm or hot for arthritis and rheumatism; gargle for scarlet fever; use
an infusion for ulcers in the mouth, strep throat or tonsillitis (p.103).
• It is an excellent remedy for a cold; mix infusion with slippery elm and molasses or honey, and take in
doses throughout the day; also excellent for sore throat and coughs.
• Cayenne mixed with pennyroyal (an herb) taken for three days will expel the dead birth material from a
• Eases toothache; preserves the teeth from rotting, and when rubbed on the gums, stimulates them enough to
• Excellent for any type of internal hemorrhage, (create an infusion with bethroot or star root);
• Cayenne is an important remedy in cholera; it stops vomiting; combine with equal parts
of cayenne and common table salt, one half ounce of each, one pint of good vinegar, give in tablespoon doses
for cholera, vomiting "cholera morbus" -- the gross material associated with cholera from the system.
• In chronic lumbago a plaster of cayenne with garlic, pepper and liquid amber (silarasa) or storax is an
efficient stimulant and rubefacient application (p105).
• When made into a lozenge with sugar and tragacanth it is a remedy for hoarseness (although sugar or sucrose is
not good for you).
• For a carminative make pills of equal parts of cayenne, rhubarb and ginger or aloes.
• Combine cayenne with cinchona for intermittent and lethargic affections and for atonic gout and in
advanced stages of rheumatism.
• Combine with asafoetida and sweet flag root or camphor in the form of pills in cases of cholera.
• It has a powerful action on the mucous membrane, and in hoarseness and sore throat, and in putrid throat
a gargle made of Capsicum is particularly beneficial.
• By pouring hot vinegar upon the fruits of cayenne all the essential qualities are preserved. This vinegar
is an excellent stomachic.
Even More Cayenne Pepper Health Benefits
• The whole plant steeped in milk is successfully applied to reduce swellings and hardened tumors.
• An infusion with cinnamon and sugar is a valuable drink for patients suffering from delirium tremens as it
satisfies the craving in dipsomaniacs. A dose of ten grains of finely powdered capsicum seed, given with an ounce
of hot water, two or three times a day, sometimes shows wonderful effects in cases of delirium tremens. (Again,
sugar is not usually recommended.)
• It can be used in the treatment of a snake bite.
• As well as the fruit being used as a spice, the leaves were applied to ulcers and headaches (p.111).
• Capsicum is given internally in atonic dyspepsia and flatulence. It is used externally as a counter-irritant
in the form of ointment, plaster, medicated wool, etc. for the relief of rheumatism and lumbago.
• Oral administration of cayenne may stimulate the gall bladder reflex.
• Cayenne either contains a cholagogue, or acts as a powerful stimulus upon the mucous membrane of the
• Cayenne pepper is forgotten therapeutic agent against anorexia, liver congestion, and vascular troubles.
Capsicum is highly effective in causing hemorrhoids to regress; and these fruits have the same action on varicose
veins. The results are attributed to alkaloids or glucosides in the peppers.
• Excessive amounts of Capsicum (above 20 grams, thus, nearly an ounce) may induce frequent bowel movements.
• It stimulates the appetite, more especially as a hot climate tends to produce anorexia. We have always
held the saliva is the key that unlocks the door to digestion. Cayenne, a sialogogue, will stimulate the flow of
saliva and will be very helpful to people who have become accustomed to ‘inhaling’ their food and thus robbing
themselves of the benefits of saliva in the digestive process. Capsicum would stimulate their flow of saliva as
they return to a healthier attitude toward eating.
• Capsicum may be valuable in the prevention and treatment of blood clots. It returns the blood to its
homeostatis; it will help it clot when it needs to and keep it thin when that is required.
• It is very soothing; it is effective as a poultice for rheumatism, inflammation, pleurisy,
and helpful also if taken internally for these. For sores and wounds it makes a good poultice. It is a stimulant
when taken internally as well as being antispasmodic. Good for kidneys, spleen and pancreas; wonderful for lockjaw;
will heal a sore ulcerated stomach; Capsicum is a specific and very effective remedy for yellow fever, as well as
other fevers and may be taken in capsules followed by a glass of water (p. 119).
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So, there you have it. Capsicum is literally one of the greatest health secrets in the world. It's also
remarkably inexpensive. I've seen it as low as $1.67 a pound and as high as $35 or so (it was organic certified),
but even that $35 a pound figure was astonishingly low, in my view.
Big Pharma hates medicinal spices and herbs as they are a powerhouse of nutrition and healing but they don't
offer much with profits. It, therefore, takes the dedicated seeker of truth to find out for themselves -- and that
is why I put up this website.
In conclusion, Lastly, if you're interested in supplementing or experimenting with cayenne, you can get more
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I hope this cayenne pepper health benefits article has been useful to you.