Cayenne pepper is a hot, spicy, “warming” red spice from the capsicum family.
It’s used in recipes to create a warming sensation and spice, also used for a variety of health reasons.
How to Use:
Use as a spice for all cooked dishes/recipes. Try adding a bit of cayenne in Stripped Green Smoothies for the metabolism boosting and “warming” effects. Pairs very well with rich chocolate dishes as well, try out McKel’s Hot Chocolate for this combination.
Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper:
- May help reduce pain, although cayenne is “hot” and can be painful to taste due to the “heat”, it actually help relieve pain.
- Cardiovascular benefits
- Boosts metabolism slightly due to the heat production from the spice- studies have shown the effect of this lasting for 20 minutes after eating cayenne.
- Despite cayenne peppers “heat” and bad reputation of causing stomach ulcers, it actually does the opposite and helps prevent ulcers. Again, due to the “warming” effects of cayenne, it stimulates the digestive system to release buffering juices which help protect the stomach lining from ulcer formation. If you have GERD, cayenne may irritate it, but this is an individual basis.
- Clears up congestion and mucus in the body, which is great for detoxification. Cayenne is a “warming” food which works to break up mucus and congestion in the body- a must-have during cold and flu season.
- Fights inflammation in the body, mainly from the capsaicin which also inhibits a neuropeptide in the inflammatory process. Since cayenne works to fight inflammation it may be helpful for conditions such as arthritis, psoriasis, diabetes neuropathy, and other pain associated with these inflammatory conditions.
- A good source of vitamin A, including beta-carotene.
Where to Purchase:
Health food stores, grocery stores, farmers markets, or online retailers
Tips and Tricks:
Adding spice to dishes may help reduce appetite and is also a great alternative to bring a unique flavor and taste to dishes without the need of salt.