The fiery fruit of the Capsicum annum plant may be tiny, but its might is unmistakable, when it comes to health benefits. Fresh, dried, powered or tinctured, Cayenne pepper helps with the absorption of nutrients, stimulates blood flow, works as a natural blood thinner and may help treat stomach ulcers by inhibiting the growth of H. Pylori, the bacteria responsible for causing ulcers.
Cayenne’s therapeutic effect is dependent upon capsaicin, a naturally-occurring compound in the pepper which also gives it its hot taste. Further, just 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper will provide about 30% of your daily dose of Vitamin A, an antioxidant that can prevent free radical damage which leads to atherosclerosis, colon cancer, and diabetic complications.
For thousands of years, Cayenne peppers have been cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses. To incorporate cayenne pepper into your diet, add a dash to soups, turkey chili, baked sweet potato “fries,” curries, pasta sauces, salads and salsa. Cayenne pepper also adds superb flavor to Southeast Asian stir-fries. Feeling adventurous? Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper to homemade chocolate pudding! It’s fantastic!