OK, So Just What is the Best Cayenne Pepper Powder on the Market Today?

Literally every day, if not every other day, I get emails from people all over the world asking me additional questions about cayenne pepper, for more clarification on its health benefits, as well as to give unsolicited testimonials regarding their usage of this remarkable spice.

I also get many asking me for my recommendations on the best cayenne pepper powder.

 ****To see a list of cayenne products go here within this site.****

I have to admit, I’ve been a little leery to answer the question on the best cayenne pepper powder. If you’ve read through this site, you know there are only a few affiliate links. For the first six years of this site, the only affiliate links were on this particular page. Now, you'll see Amazon links for various books and this master list of cayenne products. I don't think that's wrong. I've taken great pains to make this a good site.

I also answer emails daily and respond to YouTube and Facebook questions daily as well. That all takes time.

When I created this site in October 2007 or so (only about 5 pages then), my thought was to put a couple of affiliate links throughout the site at most for I wanted the information's value to be unquestioned without any ulterior motive perceived.

Turns out, I only put one up from a company called Blessed Herbs.

I’ve personally used -- and do use -- their herbal stuff so I felt good recommending them (it was a cayenne pepper tincture product).

Nevertheless, I literally never made any money from it and I didn’t mind a bit. (Well, maybe a little!) At first, it didn't make much, but it did reasonably well for 2010 to April 2012 until Google released what they call their webspam algorithm update called "Penguin." I even had an offer to purchase this site in Feb. 2012 for $40,000 but I turned it down.

Anyway, I put this site up around Oct. 2007 without doing any keyword or niche research whatsoever.

My motive was to have the information speak for itself and to share my genuine enthusiasm and gratitude to this incredible medicinal spice or herb.

I also wanted to prove to readers that the information conveyed was sincere without any overriding thought of financial reward on my part.

To be quite honest, it doesn't cost a lot of money to put up a site, get a domain name and host it. So, now the site is solvent and is doing OK (I don't make a lot of money from this site now thanks to Google, I assure you) notwithstanding no recommended affiliate ads on this site -- until now.

As I get so many emails asking me about the best cayenne pepper powder on such a constant basis, I thought it was time I answered that question.

After personal research over a three-month period, I've come upon a company that I believe offers the best cayenne pepper powder on the Internet. Why do I recommend them? Here's why:

  1. Their cayenne pepper has a wide range of Scoville Heat Units (SHU) from 35,000 to 190,000
  2. They have an excellent balance of price and quality
  3. They have multiple varieties of cayenne pepper powder (as well as capsules) that should satisfy almost everyone
  4. Perhaps most importantly, their cayenne pepper powder is of the highest quality
  5. They offer a 60-day money-back guarantee on all their products, cayenne pepper powder included
  6. Many health food stores buy their full array of spices and herbs from them, something I found out about after writing this page.

I want to discuss point #4 for a moment.

Quality Standards

The quality standards of this company really caught my eye. Their commitment to quality pervades their bulk product purchasing selection, laboratory analysis, and controlled processing. They have their own in-house lab but they've excelled with independent quality-control testing as well. Let me quote directly from their site:

Starwest’s facility is inspected annually for good manufacturing practices by the American Institute of Baking (AIB), from whom we recently received a score of “Superior.”

In addition, all their products undergo various testing processes including, chemical analyses, physical analyses, microbiological, organoleptic, and botanical identification, which includes macroscopic, microscopic, HPLC (High Pressure Liquid Chromatography), GC (Gas Chromatography) and TLC (Thin Layer Chromatography) testing and more.

Many of their cayenne pepper powder offerings (they also sell capsuled cayenne and unground peppers) are USDA organic certified. Many of their cayenne powders are also certified as kosher by the Kosher Certification Service, and are certified organic by the Quality Assurance International standards.

Recommended Cayenne Pepper Powders

Okay, with all that said, here are the different cayenne pepper powders they offer. To see more info on the cayenne, or to buy it, just click on the images.

 cayenne pepper 2oz organic

If you're a "cayenne beginner," this is a good place to should start. This has lesser heat or "H.U." classification (heat units) and is a quality cayenne pepper powder.

 40k non-organic cayenne

This four-ounce option is a good beginners' cayenne as well.

 35k-organic cayenne jar

Price: $7.67

If you prefer to have your cayenne in a small jar, this 35k SHU, 2.2 oz or organic cayenne is a keeper.

35k organic cayenne 1lb

Price: $17.17

This one-pound option of organic 35k SHU cayenne will last you a very long time. It's economically priced as well at only $17.17.

 90k non-organic-4oz

This four-ounce (113.398 grams) option of the potent 90,000 SHU cayenne is superb. It's cheap too -- only $5.50 USD.

 90k-non-organic-1lb cayenne

If you have "graduated" from 35k to 50k SHU cayenne and are ready to give the 90,000 SHU cayenne a try, this is a good one here. It's also a pound and will last you forever.

orange cayenne pepper
Cayenne Pepper Powder (Birdseye) 160K H.U.
 - Price $22.00
1 lb. of Cayenne Pepper Powder (Birdseye) 160,000 S.H.U.

This is another hot one but it's cheaper as it's not USDA organic certified. Still, a very high quality cayenne notwithstanding.

100 Cayenne Pepper Capsules

Price $16.08
100 Cayenne Pepper Capsules - 500mg per capsule

For those faint of heart who don't want to drink their cayenne but prefer to take it in capsule form, this is a very good choice. Only $16.08 for 100 capsules.

Cayenne Pepper Extract Organic

Price $29.00
4 oz. of Cayenne Pepper Liquid Extract Organic

If you want to have cayenne pepper extract around for medicinal purposes, this is a good choice. The extract is concentrated and is certified USDA organic.

500 Cayenne Pepper Capsules

Price $55.25

500 Cayenne Pepper Capsules - 500mg per capsule

For those who want to buy a lot of cayenne pepper capsules in bulk, this is a good option and is cheaper. Only $55.25 for 500 cayenne pepper capsules.


If you've gone through a few of the pages in this website, you know I always recommend buying cayenne pepper powder in your local health food store.

That recommendation still stands.

If you cannot or choose not to buy online or at your local health food store, then buying cayenne pepper at your local grocer of choice is an alternative as well, although not recommended. Why? Because the cayenne they offer tends to be lesser quality cayenne and could be irradiated.

So, yes, that recommendation still stands -- buy locally from a health food store. Of course, I appreciate any purchases made here.

There is such a thing as "dirty cayenne" as one master herbalist acquaintance of mine calls it.

The truth is even the worst cayenne is still a very potent and healthy aid for your health. It's just that grocery market cayenne is not ideal.

Moving on, in the interest of full disclosure and total honesty, if you buy these cayenne pepper powders through this recommended company StarWest Botanicals, I will earn a small commission (15% of the sales price).

Still, I know some will have a problem with that, which I can understand.

An inevitable question, I suppose, is whether or not I'd still buy and recommend StarWest's products if they didn't have an affiliate program.

I've thought about it carefully and I can say the answer is still yes.

I actually had been recommending them to people for months before putting this page up.

That said, if you feel I'm trying to take advantage of you with this recommendation, then buy cayenne locally or go to StarWest Botanicals site directly. Here's their non-affiliate link URL:

For more information on my view of affiliate sales, click on my Affiliate Policy link here or at the bottom of the navigation bar to your left. Just scroll up a bit and you'll see it.

cayenne pepper powder supplementWhatever option you decide, I sincerely hope you will add cayenne pepper to your health regime, but it's up to you. It's a truly remarkable spice that has so many astonishing health benefits. My life has been truly blessed by taking this wonderful powder.

It's a blessing from God, in my opinion.

It's lowered my LDL cholesterol level, healed a persistent hemorrhoid problem, healed me of an ulcer, lowered my blood pressure, improved my energy levels and has strengthened my heart.

So, there you have it. I've been as straightforward and upfront as I can be.

I hope you've found this page useful.