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Cayenne pepper health benefits examines many health benefits of cayenne pepper. Cayenne pepper is a powerful plant with several health benefits. Cayenne pepper is also known as red hot chili pepper. Cayenne pepper is generally skinny and red, 10 to 25 centimeters long. Cayenne pepper has curved tip. Cayenne pepper contains high amount CAPSAICIN that is responsible for most of it benefits. It come from several colors and shapes. The differences in colors help us to know how they score on the Scoville scale that measures pepper pungency. Red and yellow cayenne pepper tends to score higher than the young green pepper. In addition, to being delicious cayenne pepper add a touch of heat to your diet and gives remarkable health benefits. Cayenne pepper is called many names in Nigeria (Ata ijosin, Ilufemi in Yoruba; Barkono in Hausa; Apoko eeke in Idoma; Ose oyinbo in Igbo; Isie in Benin; Usira in Esan).

This write-up aim to examine:

  • Cayenne pepper nutritional values.
  • Cayenne pepper health benefits.
  • Different precautions you must take when using cayenne pepper.
  • Cayenne pepper side effects and toxicity.


Like other spicy peppers, cayenne pepper has a compound known as CAPSAICIN. It have several antioxidants including: Vitamin A, K, C, E, beta carotene, cryptoxanthin, choline, lutein, zeaxanthin. Cayenne pepper also contains the vitamins and minerals: B1, B2, B6, folate, manganese, potassium, zinc, selenium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus.

Cayenne Pepper Health Benefits

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(1) Provide Relief From Burning Mouth Syndrome

Burning mouth syndrome is a chronic pain that result in a burning sensations of the oral cavity without the presence of lesions. Cayenne pepper reduce the pain in the oral cavity by increasing the production of saliva and numbing the nerve endings in the oral cavity.

(2) Healthy Body Weight 

Cayenne pepper is a metabolic booster that helps in the burning of excess fat, reduce appetite, promote good digestion and enhance absorption of nutrients that help to maintain healthy weight.

(3) Prevent The Formation of Blood Clot

Capsaicin in cayenne pepper help to reduce blood cholesterol and triglycerides. It prevents the formation of blood clot and heart related conditions. CAPSAICIN in pepper clears lipid deposit and narrow the arteries.

(4) Clears Congestion

Consuming foods that contains cayenne pepper can clear your congestion. Capsaicin in cayenne pepper can thin mucus and stimulate sinusis that help in air circulation. Hence, provide relief from nasal congestion or sinuses pressure. This will dilate the blood vessels in your nose and drains your sinuses. Add a tablespoon of cayenne pepper in a cup of hot water and drink two times a day.

(5) It Helps in Metabolism

Capsaicin in cayenne pepper can raise your body temperature a little bit and burn more calories when your meal doesn’t contain lot of fat and sugar.

(6) Regulate Blood Pressure

Cayenne pepper opens up blood vessels that increases blood flow. Capsaicin in cayenne pepper opens up blood vessels that increases blood flow. Capsaicin in cayenne pepper also affect the sensory nerves that function with a neuro-hormonal systems that normalize high blood pressure.R

(7) Digestive Health

Cayenne pepper help to increase the production of fluid, move enzymes to the stomach to help in digestion and protect the stomach from infections. It stimulate intestinal peristaltic motion, helping in assimilation and elimination. It helps the body to metabolize foods and toxins.

(8) Relief From Pain

Cayenne pepper have antioxidants known as capsaicin. Cayenne pepper sends chemical messengers from the skin in to the joint providing relief from pain. When cream and lotion that contain cayenne pepper are used it provide some relieve for with stiff or sore joint.

(9) Body Detoxification

Cayenne pepper induce sweating that help in Detoxification of the body. Cayenne pepper stimulate the circulatory system, increase the pulse of the lymphatic and digestive rhythms.

(10) May Prevent Cancers

Studies shows that capsaicin in cayenne pepper can slow the growth of cancers cells. For particular types of cancers such as: prostrate cancer, skin cancer, and pancreatic cancer.


They are:

  • Avoid cayenne pepper if you’re suffering from active gastritis, duodenal ulcer, diverticulitis or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
  • Do not allow cayenne pepper to come in contact with your eye(s).
  • Do not take hot shower before or after taking capsaicin supplement.
  • Those with allergies to kiwis, chestnuts, avocado, or latex may also have allergy to cayenne pepper.
  • Wash your hands after applying capsaicin cream.
  • Keep fresh cayenne pepper in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Store dry cayenne pepper powder in a well closed container.


You can add fresh or ground cayenne pepper in your diet. When buying it look for the one that are bright, shinny and firm. Avoid the one that have wrinkle, soft or have dark spots on them. Excessive consumption of cayenne pepper and capsaicin can cause: hemorrhagic, gastritis, skin irritation, acute gastritis or urticaria in rare cases.

This write-up is for educational purpose and not a substitute to where the service of medical professional or dietician is urgently needed.





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