Cayenne News Tidbits You May Find Interesting

This page is devoted to various cayenne pepper news tidbits in the marketplace, in the scientific community, and in the media. I hope you enjoy it.

Cayenne Pepper to Be Used in New Product by Murad, Inc.

As of January 2009, Murad's BodyCare line includes the Firm & Tone Serum, clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of cellulite by up to 69%, featuring Horse Chestnut Tree Extract which stimulates blood flow to restore skin firmness and smoothness, Cats Claw to reduce the appearance of dimpled skin associated with cellulite, and Cayenne Pepper to invigorate circulation within the skin. Body Firming Cream increases body firmness by 40% in 15 minutes.

This formula is packed with Oat Beta Glucan and Soy Flour to firm and tone, Vitamin C to increase elasticity and radiance, and Shea Butter to provide intense hydration to the skin.

Firm and Tone Dietary Supplement Pack, a four-week supply, combines Glucosamine, Essential Fatty Acids, Cell Energizers and Cayenne Pepper to support skin strength an circulation while encouraging the appearance of firmer skin by up to 78% in eight weeks.

More and More People Using Cayenne and Other Medicinal Spices and Herbs

Sales in the organic spice/seasoning/extract category grew a whopping 84.5% to $26.7 million in the supermarket channel during the 52 weeks ending Dec. 29, according to the Nielsen Co. Sales of conventional spices/seasonings/extracts, meanwhile, rose 1.7% to a much higher base of $1.9 billion.

Sales of USDA Certified Organic spices are gaining momentum at Straub's, a four-store specialty grocer that merchandises flavors ranging from those used every day and sold for around $4.99 to high-end specialties such as $24 truffle salt.

"We introduced organic spices about four years ago, and last year their sales doubled from the previous year," said the St. Louis-based retailer's grocery buyer, Roger McElroy.

Straub's health-conscious shoppers are also reaching for spices like turmeric and cayenne pepper for their functional benefits. Turmeric is thought by some to help aid those suffering from Alzheimer's disease, cancer and liver disorders. Cayenne pepper is said to aid digestion.

"Cayenne pepper speeds the metabolism, and it's thought to have a cancer-reducing effect," said McElroy. "Some customers put a teaspoon of it in a glass of water and drink it." (See, I'm not so dumb, am I?!)

Kiplinger Tax Letter, February, 2002

According to a Kiplinger Tax Letter article in February, 2002, the IRS has sanctioned that cayenne pepper can qualify as a medical expense. A doctor using natural healing prescribed the spice for Raynaud's disease, a condition that causes spasms in fingers and toes exposed to the cold. The cayenne pepper's powder or tincture's cost can be deducted if illness is substantiated by the patient, the spice was bought to treat the ailment and wouldn't have been purchased without the condition, and it isn't being eaten to meet nutritional needs.

Good Morning America: Best Cold Remedy is Cayenne Pepper, Tomato Juice & Olive Oil

On Tuesday, December 9, 2008, a Good Morning America segment called, "GMA'S HOMEMADE COLD REMEDIES" one Kimberly of Connecticut emailed to the show saying, "The best cold remedy ever. My grandma's recipe of one tablespoon olive oil, one teaspoon of cayenne pepper in a glass of tomato juice."

Dr. Lillian Beard Discusses Home Remedies on CBS' The Early Show

It's great to see doctors starting to get it about medicinal herbs and spices. The following exchange took place on the CBS morning talk show, The Early Show on July 4, 2003.

RENE SYLER, co-host:

Just about every family knows a few home remedies, like a sniff of cayenne pepper to stop a nosebleed or meat tenderizer to help those itchy mosquito bites. Well, now, Dr. Lillian Beard has put together a whole book of them, called "Salt in Your Sock and Other Tried and True Home Remedies."

Dr. Beard, good morning.

Dr. LILLIAN BEARD (Author, "Salt in Your Sock"): Good morning, Rene.

SYLER: First, let me tell you I did not know about the meat tenderizer and the mosquito bites...

Dr. BEARD: Yes.

SYLER: ...and I did not know about the cayenne pepper.

Dr. BEARD: Yeah.

SYLER: And you say you don't need to sniff it so much?

Dr. BEARD: You don't need to sniff it [cayenne]. In fact, it's [cayenne pepper] great for bleeding. If you have bleeding from the nose or a cut bleed, it's a natural cauterizer. You can put it on some paper, use a Q-Tip, dab it onto the area that's bleeding, and it will stop the bleeding in just a few moments.

SYLER: Does it sting?

Dr. BEARD: It doesn't sting. It's surprising, but it works.

Cayenne Pepper: A Solution for Sore Throat?

According to folk-remedy site Earth Clinic (, the ideal solution for a sore throat is to gargle warm water with a bit of cayenne pepper mixed in. They say that this remedy works when antibiotics do not and is excellent for those weird sore throats that don't seem to go away after four weeks -- the ones that possibly lead to chronic fatigue syndrome.

This is not a surprise to me as a few master herbalists I know and others have told me the same thing. I've also personally used this remedy and it genuinely works (I've known about it for about 20+ years now). I've personally seen it work for others as well.

Cayenne Pepper Increases Metabolism

In an article written by one Emer Ross entitled, Vital Spice of a Long and Health Life. These Common Cooking Ingredients Not Only Taste Great ...They Can Cut Risk of Serious Disease, he writes, "Cayenne pepper (Capsicum) -- A great one for women as some research has found that cayenne pepper can increase metabolism and fat-burning ability by up to 25 per cent. Capsicum acts as a catalytic herb, and so increases the power of all other herbs." You can find the whole article on The Daily Record, Monday, June 16, 2008 issue.

Hot Chili Peppers and Capsaicin Is a "Three-way Flab-fighter"

According to an article written in the British newspaper The Sun, capsaicin, the active ingredient in cayenne pepper and chili peppers in general stimulates the body to initiate weight loss. According to food scientist Stephen Whiting who conducted a test, the capsaicin causes an adrenaline rush which signals the brain to burn fat cells -- especially fat cells around the midriff or stomach region. You can read about it here or you can download the article yourself here as a pdf.

More to come....

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