In case you are keen on eating hot chili or salsa, you would probably be interested to know a bit more about one of the main ingredients in them – the cayenne pepper.
What is cayenne pepper?
Capsium annuum or cayenne is actually coming from the Greek verb “to bite”. Extremely popular in many cuisines around the world, the cayenne pepper can be used both fresh and dried. It has the ability to turn the dishes hot. It is also useful, because the spice contains Calcium, Potassium and Magnesium, as well as vitamins A, C, E and some of the B-complex. Capsaicin, its active compound, is beneficial for blood circulation. Therefore, it is not surprising that the it is an effective natural remedy used in the alternative medicine.
What are its health benefits?
It can be very helpful for various severe and mild conditions: arthritis (including rheumatoid arthritis), headache, toothache, back pain, bad digestion, and cardiovascular diseases. It can even urge the wounds to be healed faster. Pain, inflammations and allergies can be suppressed, thanks to this wonderful natural remedy. This means that by eating cayenne you can easily prevent yourself from a cold and flu.
When it comes to digestion, capsicum annuum could produce saliva in order to improve it. There are some studies, which suggest that cayenne pepper might be fighting off lung cancer and liver tumors. Those, who wish to lose some weight, can also benefit from the useful spice – it will help them burn a lot of calories. There are some cayenne substitutes in a cooking aspect: for example, paprika, red chile powder, hot sauce and red pepper flakes. However, there is probably no adequate cayenne pepper substitute for health purposes.
Also, this spice has anti-allergen and anti-irritant properties and can be used to reduce blood pressure, weight or even as a cleanse diet. It contains a lot of vitamins and minerals, stimulating the immune system.
What is the recommended dosage?
If you aren’t used with this remedy, don’t rush taking enormous amounts of it with the first time. You need to start with 1/16 teaspoon of cayenne in warm water/tea and gradually increase the dosage to half a spoon or a full teaspoon. Such an intake is recommended in case you are using it for medicinal purposes. Otherwise, it can be added to some of your meals. Thus, the cayenne pepper will become a delicious addition to your cooking creations.