Hot: Cayenne Pepper

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Hot: Cayenne Pepper

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Per Wikipedia:

The cayenne pepper—also known as the Guinea spice,[1] cow-horn pepperalevabird pepper,[2] or, especially in its powdered form, red pepper—is a hot chili pepper used to flavour dishes.

Most of us are at least somewhat familiar with Cayenne Pepper. There are some characteristics of cayenne pepper that you may not be familiar with. For instance did you know:

  • Stimulates digestion
  • Stimulates circulation and blood flow
  • Stimulates the release of mucus from respiratory passages
  • Topical pain relief for arthritis

Per WebMD:

The study found that about half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper either mixed in food or swallowed in a capsule helped normal-weight young adults burn about 10 more calories over a four-hour period, compared to eating the same meal but without the red pepper. 

We have all enjoyed our share of our favorite salsas. Now we can eat them to consume our daily dose of cayenne, like I needed an excuse. LOL Alright I am stretching it a bit to say that I fall into the young adult category that was used in the study. Maybe that just means I need more, like a whole teaspoon rather than a half. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Cayenne pepper for everyone! 🙂

Do you use cayenne pepper for anything other than meals?  

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  1. upliftingfam says:

    Great information about Cayenne Pepper, thank you for sharing its health benefits.

    • @geekgirlusa says:

      Maybe if I sprinkle some Hot Tamales on them I can get both of my fixes that way. LOL

  2. JeriWB says:

    A few years ago, I actually drank a teaspoon of this stuff mixed with warm water once a day for a few weeks to help with some circulation issues. I bet it's a lot better in pill form, but boy did I drink my mixture quickly!

    • @geekgirlusa says:

      I can't even imagine taking it that way. You are braver than me. 🙂

  3. Ok I will say that we use it to control the cats using are screen door and planters as a potty. I know thats probably TMI but it does work. You have to re apply every so often.

    • cheryltherrien says:

      OK Maybe that is too much information. LOL Just kidding… It's a good tip!