Cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum) is a potent, spicy pepper with a plethora of health advantages.
It is a member of the Capsicum family of vegetables, which is well known for producing chilli peppers.
Although the cayenne pepper originated in Cayenne, French Guiana, off the northeast coast of South America, it has been utilised for millennia in culinary and medical applications worldwide.
In Nigeria, it is commonly referred to as ‘Shombo.’ It is a thin pepper that ranges in colour from green to red.
Generally, it is dried and processed into a fine powder. It can also be used fresh and is an excellent flavouring spice.
Cayenne pepper contains vitamins A, C, B6, K, manganese, and dietary fibre.
Cayenne pepper, both fresh and ground, can be used in stews, soups, salads, tea, lemonade, egg dishes, and pizza, among other things.
Listed below are a few of its advantages.
1. Aids weight loss
When you consume capsaicin, the amount of heat that your body creates rises, causing your metabolism to speed up and you to burn more calories. You will eat less throughout the day as a result of this. It is also somewhat effective in reducing hunger.
2. Aids Digestion
Cayenne pepper stimulates the production of saliva, which is essential for proper digestion as well as the prevention of foul breath.
Cayenne pepper also promotes the creation of enzymes, which are necessary for the healthy functioning of our digestive system, according to research. It also stimulates the production of gastric juices, which improve the body’s capacity to digest food and eliminate impurities.
3. Relieves Pain
Studies have demonstrated that capsaicin, the main component in cayenne peppers, relieves pain.
Capsaicin may help relieve muscular and joint pain by decreasing the quantity of a neuropeptide called substance P that gets to the brain to signal pain.
4. It reduces the risk of cancer
Capsaicin has been shown in several tests to inhibit cancer cell proliferation. According to research conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, this critical component of cayenne pepper can block cancer cell proliferation and prevent the activation of new harmful formations.
5. Promotes cardiovascular health
Cayenne pepper enhances cardiovascular health by promoting healthy blood vessels and proper blood consistency. When both of these variables are within normal limits, the risk of major cardiac events is significantly decreased.
6. Reduces risk of asthma
According to research, the beta-carotene found in cayenne pepper can help reduce the symptoms of respiratory diseases such as asthma.
7. Treats skin conditions such as psoriasis
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that manifests as itchy, scaly, and red spots on the body’s surface. While there is no cure for this condition at this time, topical capsaicin creams can help to relieve itching and enhance the appearance of the skin.
8. Boost immunity
Cayenne pepper is well-known for its immune-boosting properties, thanks to the presence of antioxidants such as beta carotene, which combat free radicals and infections.
Its high vitamin A content also contributes to the improvement of immunological function.
9. Supports heart health
Capsaicin, according to research, helps the heart pump blood more efficiently while also promoting good circulation in the body.
10. Relieves cold and flu symptoms
Some people believe that the heat from cayenne pepper can alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, a stuffy nose, or nasal congestion. If you have a cold or the flu, it is known to help clear your nasal passages. A dash of cayenne pepper in your tea will provide immediate relief from the symptoms.